The Legislation Division is Singapore’s central law drafting office. The Division provides law drafting and legislative consultancy services to the Government and all public sector agencies, and performs regular compilation of amended legislation through law revision. The Division supports the Rule of Law by providing comprehensive free online public access to Singapore legislation through the Singapore Statutes Online website.
The work of the Legislation Division consists of the following:
The Legislation Division has 4 functional groups: the Law Drafting Group, the Legislative Editorial and Revision Group, the Law Publication Group and the Business Services and Governance Group comprising Legislative Standards and Knowledge Facilitation, Secretarial Support and Business Services.
The Law Drafting Group comprises lawyers who draft Bills and Subsidiary Legislation, and advise the Government and other public sector agencies on the development and translation of public policies into legislation and on the initial implementation of legislation. This Group handles matters from all agencies in the public sector, comprising —
The Legislative Editorial and Revision Group is responsible for reviewing, editing and proof-reading draft legislation prepared by law drafters and editors to ensure that they are accurate, inherently consistent and error-free, and for the timely production of hard-copies of legislation for introduction to Parliament and for publication in the Gazette. This Group also staffs the Law Revision Commission in revising laws.
The Law Publication Group is responsible for maintaining the Legislation Editing and Authentic Publishing System Versioned Legislation Database (LEAP-VLDB) and the Singapore Statutes Online website to ensure comprehensive free online public access to Singapore’s written laws. The Law Publication Group has also taken over some of the type-setting of legislation from the Government Printer.
The Business Services and Governance Group provides the administrative, statistics, archival and secretarial support for the other Groups. The Legislative Standards and Knowledge Facilitation Unit is responsible for setting standards through the publication of guidelines for law drafters and policy advisers, and administering training both in-house and externally. The Unit has recently taken on the Bill Programme planning as well.