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Singapore has a common law legal system which has its roots in English law. However, since attaining self-governance in 1959 and independence in 1965, Singapore has developed its own autochthonous legal system to cater to its unique social and economic circumstances, although Singapore courts continue to draw from the decisions of courts in England and other major legal systems. Singapore’s laws derive from its Constitution, legislation, subsidiary legislation, and judge-made law. Legislation is enacted by Parliament, while justice is administered by Singapore’s judiciary, which comprises the State Courts and the Supreme Court. Singapore’s courts are complemented by a robust system of alternative dispute resolution, and Singapore has established itself as a major arbitration hub.

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