Regulating Judges
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Regulating Judges

Beyond Independence and Accountability

Edited by Richard Devlin and Adam Dodek

Regulating Judges presents a novel approach to judicial studies. It goes beyond the traditional clash of judicial independence versus judicial accountability. Drawing on regulatory theory, Richard Devlin and Adam Dodek argue that judicial regulation is multi-faceted and requires us to consider the complex interplay of values, institutional norms, procedures, resources and outcomes. Inspired by this conceptual framework, the book invites scholars from 19 jurisdictions to describe and critique the regulatory regimes for a variety of countries from around the world.
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Chapter 17: An internal code of ethics: regulating judges in Singapore

Helena Whalen-Bridge and Jaclyn L Neo

Abstract

Singapore judges have a sterling reputation and yet they function without a published code of judicial ethics. The use of an internal code arises in part from a history of government-wide corruption eradication that did not target the judiciary specifically, but should Singapore at this point consider a published code? For Singapore’s contemporary national audience, unfamiliar with earlier struggles with poverty and corruption, a published code may have an important signalling effect. A published code could also provide a basis for comparison and discussion in ASEAN, and clarify standards for the international audience participating in the Singapore International Commercial Court.

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