Step-by-step process on filing a Claim in the CDRT.

​Any proceedings in the Community Disputes Resolution Tribunal (CDRT) must start with a Claim.

Step 1:

Consider whether your neighbour has interfered with your enjoyment or use of your place of residence according to the CDRA.

Step 2:

Gather the necessary evidence to support your case.

Step 3:

File a Claim, together with the supporting evidence, at the Community Justice and Tribunals Division (CJTD), located at Level 1 of the State Courts of Singapore.

Things to bring:

  1. Your National Registration Identity Card (for Singapore citizen/ Permanent Resident)
  2. Your Passport and Employment Pass (for foreign citizen)
  3. Three (3) original sets of the Claim
  4. One (1) original set and two (2) duplicate sets of the supporting evidence
  5. Filing fees

For the purpose of the proceedings, you will be known as the Plaintiff and your neighbour will be known as the Respondent.

Step 4:

At the time of filing, the CDRT will issue a Notice of Pre-Trial Conference to the Plaintiff and the Respondent to attend a Pre-Trial Conference at the CDRT on a specified date and at a specified time.

Step 5:

Within 14 calendar days after the Claim is filed at the CJTD, the Plaintiff must serve one (1) set of the Claim and one (1) set of the supporting evidence on the Respondent.

E.g. If the Plaintiff files the Claim on 1 July 2015, the Plaintiff must serve one (1) set of the Claim and one (1) set of the supporting evidence on the Respondent by 15 July 2015 at the latest.

If the last day of the period is a Sunday or a Public Holiday, the period will include the next working day.

Step 6:

Before the date and time fixed for the Pre-Trial Conference at the CDRT, the Plaintiff must file a Declaration of Service at the CJTD.

Step 7:

If the Respondent intends to object to or contest the Claim, the Respondent has 14 calendar days after being served with the Claim and the supporting evidence to file his Reply, together with the supporting evidence, at the CJTD.

Things to bring:

  1. National Registration Identity Card (for Singapore citizen/ Permanent Resident)
  2. Passport and Employment Pass (for foreign citizen)
  3. Three (3) original sets of the Reply
  4. One (1) original set and two (2) duplicate sets of the supporting evidence
  5. Filing fees

E.g. If the Respondent receives the Claim and the supporting evidence from the Plaintiff on 1 July 2015, the Respondent must file his Reply, together with the supporting evidence, by 15 July 2015 at the latest.

If the last day of the period is a Sunday or a Public Holiday, the period will include the next working day.

Step 8:

Within the same 14-day period, the Respondent must serve one (1) set of the Reply and one (1) set of the supporting evidence on the Plaintiff.

Step 9:

The Plaintiff and the Respondent must attend the Pre-Trial Conference at the CDRT on the specified date and the specified time.

Things to bring:

  1. National Registration Identity Card (for Singapore citizen/ Permanent Resident)
  2. Passport and Employment Pass (for foreign citizen)
  3. One (1) set of the Claim, Reply and supporting evidence

The CDRT judge can make the following orders during a Pre-Trial Conference:

  1. Order the Plaintiff and the Respondent to attend mediation
  2. Order the Plaintiff and/or the Respondent to attend counselling
  3. Schedule another Pre-Trial Conference
  4. Fix the case for hearing
Step 10:

Where the CDRT judge has fixed the case for hearing, the CDRT will issue a Notice of Hearing to the Plaintiff and the Respondent to attend the hearing at the CDRT on a specified date and at a specified time.

Step 11:

The Plaintiff and the Respondent must attend the hearing at the CDRT on the specified date and at the specified time.

Things to bring:

  1. National Registration Identity Card (for Singapore citizen/ Permanent Resident)
  2. Passport and Employment Pass (for foreign citizen)
  3. One (1) set of the Claim, Reply and supporting evidence

If the CDRT judge decides to make a Court Order, the CDRT will prepare the Court Order immediately after the hearing. The Plaintiff will extract the Court Order and serve it on the Respondent according to the directions that the CDRT judge has given.

Last updated on: 4/11/2016 5:19 PM

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