20 Jan '11, 2pm

Lawyer ticked off for 'cut and paste' job: There is no short cut to doing research, added Justice Steven Chong,

LAWYERS cannot copy and paste information into written submissions without stating the source, said a High Court judge in judgment grounds released on Thursday. There is no short cut to doing research, added Justice Steven Chong, who ticked off defence counsel for lifting notes from online articles to shore up written submissions but without acknowledging the sources. He said such 'cut and paste' jobs are not helpful when he dismissed a move by a contractor to strike out 33 paragraphs from a subcontractor's statement of claim. Chip Eng Seng Contractors (1988) had been sued by subcontractor TTJ Design and Engineering for $9.4 million - the balance due for work done and additional work from design changes. Chip Eng Seng's counsel Chew Chang Min from Chancery Law Corporation had argued that the paragraphs in TTJ's statement of claim did not show there was a link between the a...

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