Answered By: Bissy Ithack
Last Updated: Sep 16, 2019     Views: 894

The neutral citation system is defined in s.63 (8) of the Supreme Court Practice Directions as follows:

“A neutral citation is a Court-approved system of citation which is independent of the series of law reports or other publication, and unique to each written judgment. Each written judgment from a particular level of Court is assigned a sequential number, starting from 1 at the beginning of each calendar year.”

Example:

Singapore neutral citation

Search by neutral citation in LawNet database (access from the Faculty of Law website) to find a Singapore case. Full text of decisions from the Supreme Court(2005- ), District Court(2006- ) and Magistrate Court(2006- ) are accessible from CommonLII.

UK neutral citation

Search the ICLR database or Bailii to find a UK case.

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