A Brief History of the Small Claims Tribunals

The Small Claims Tribunals was established on 1 February 1985, as part of the Subordinate Courts , with the enactment of the Small Claims Tribunals Act, Chapter 308.


The Small Claims Tribunals provides a quick and inexpensive forum for the resolution of small claims between consumers and suppliers.


The initial monetary jurisdiction of the Tribunals covered claims not exceedings S$2,000. In 1995, this monetary limit was increased to S$5,000 (and up to S$10,000 if both parties consent in writing). In 1997, the monetary jurisdiction of the Tribunals was further increased to S$10,000  (or S$20,000 if both parties consent in writing).


The number of claims lodged or filed at the Tribunals has increased steadily. This reflects the public's confidence in the Tribunals to provide them with a swift system of justice at an affordable cost.

Last updated on: 20/12/2014 6:12 PM
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