Legal Heritage

Since Singapore’s founding as a British colony in 1819, our legal system has been constantly evolving to meet the rapidly changing needs of the island city. This evolution and the people behind it are introduced in this website for researchers, students and members of the public to conveniently access information on Singapore’s legal history.

The information on these pages is drawn from the book Essays in Singapore Legal History. Content is arranged according to themes, and not in chronological order.