Palm tree justice
The term “palm tree justice” is a fairly well-known term in legal contexts, used to describe legal redress meted out at the whim of the adjudicator with little regard for the certainty one expects from a system of rules. The term generally carries a negative connotation. We see it from time to time in local judgments and it appears to be a favourite of Justices of Appeal Andrew Phang...
Article 1 of our Constitution reads: “This Constitution may be cited as the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore.” Article 2 continues: “In this Constitution, unless it is otherwise provided or the context otherwise requires - “Cabinet” means the Cabinet constituted under this Constitution … “ Not very inspiring is it? I doubt fervent...