The Third Charter of Justice affirmed the English law in Singapore. By the 1830’s, Singapore’s trade and population were booming and increasingly powerful voices demanded the appointment of a separate professional judge for Singapore. This led to the Third Charter of Justice being granted.
The Third Charter revoked the Second Charter of Justice and created the office of the second Recorder. It was ratified and confirmed by an Act of the British Parliament. The Straits Settlements were to have two Recorders, one for Penang and the other for Singapore and Malaya. Sir Richard Bolton McCausland was appointed Recorder for Singapore. The Governor and Resident Councillors continued to be vested with judicial powers.
Among the many historical and cultural objects in the National Gallery Singapore the following are highlights:
- Historical Documents in the former Supreme Court building:
- Historical Art and Culture in the Galleries include:
- Title: Third Charter of Justice
- Date: 1855
- Museum: National Gallery Singapore
“A given excuse that was not asked for, implies guilt.” Singaporean / Malay Proverb
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