- about 70% had no legal training;
- about 60% were young adults (between 20 to 39 years of age);
- about 46% were from the public sector; and
- about 34% were from the general public.
New laws are now drafted in plain English as far as is possible ― this includes:
writing in shorter sentences and simpler English, such as using “must” instead of “shall” to signify mandatory obligations, using “however” or “despite” instead of “notwithstanding”, and omitting words like “hereby”;
adopting gender neutral terms;
replacing Roman numerals with Arabic numerals; and
breaking down provisions into parts to aid legislation readers.
Bills tabled in Parliament are accompanied by a more detailed Explanatory Statement ― in appropriate cases, illustrations or descriptions are given on how the proposed new laws/changes to laws would work.
SSO revamped in 2017 to make Singapore written laws more accessible to the varied users of Singapore legislation.
Click here for AGC’s media statement on 10 July 2017 on the beta launch of the revamped SSO.
Pilot project embarked in July 2017, in support of parliamentary democracy, to make available to the Members of Parliament soft copies of the Act being amended with the amendments tracked.