Beyond Independence and Accountability
Edited by Richard Devlin and Adam Dodek
Chapter 17: An internal code of ethics: regulating judges in Singapore
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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