Frequently-Asked-Questions

This compilation of fre​quently-asked questions (FAQs) by visitors to the State Courts is meant to guide visitors on the “do’s and don’ts” when they visit the State Courts. The information provided is not exhaustive. Visitors can approach the State Courts Information Counter or email: contact@statecourts.gov.sg for further queries.



 1. What are the State Courts' operating hours?

The State Courts are open from 8.30am to 6.00pm, on Monday to Thursday, and 8.30am to 5.30pm for Fridays. The Night Courts operate from 6.00 pm on Monday to Thursday.

In addition, the various registries and offices within the State Courts have different operating hours. Please refer to Location and Operating Hours for further details.

The State Courts are closed on Sundays and public holidays.


 

2. If I drive, where can I park?

Please note that the URA carparks in front of the State Courts Building have been closed from 5 May 2014 as the site is being used for the construction of the new State Courts Complex.

Alternative parking (within walking distance) is available at:

  • People's Park Centre
  • Furama City Centre Singapore
  • Chinatown Point
  • Central Square
  • Central Mall
  • Blk 54 Chin Swee Road
  • Blk 8A Jalan Kukoh

Enquiries and feedback on use of URA carparks:
Tel: 6329 3434
Email: ura_cpd@ura.gov.sg


 

3. What do I need to do when I arrive at the State Courts? Do I have to queue to enter the State Courts Building?

You have to queue and go through security screening at the entrance of the State Courts Building. The screening requires you to pass through metal detectors and your belongings will be screened in x-ray machines.

 

4. I understand that some items are not allowed into the State Courts Building? What are they?

Weapons and dangerous items that may be used as weapons are not allowed into the State Courts Building. If you are found to have any of these items, the State Courts Security personnel will refer you to the Police.

Cameras, video cameras and voice-recorders are also not allowed into the State Courts Building. You will have to deposit them at the Security Counter if you have these items with you. While mobile phones may be brought into the State Courts Building, however, the camera function in the mobile phones must not be activated within the State Courts Building and the courtroom. Kindly also refer to paragraphs 7(e) and (f) on the use of mobile phones within the State Courts Building.

The list of items above is not exhaustive. During the security screening, the Security Personnel will inform you if you have items (i.e. scissors, pen knife, swiss knife, aerosol spray etc) that are not permitted to be brought into the State Courts Building. You are required to deposit those items at the Security Counter. Please also note that smoking is not allowed in the State Courts Building.


 

5. Can I sit-in a Court hearing?

Generally, you can observe the hearings held in Open Court, i.e. the proceedings are conducted in a courtroom. However, some hearings may be closed to the public, e.g. cases involving the testimony of a vulnerable witness. For such cases, there will be a sign on the door bearing the words "Hearing in Camera", and you will not be allowed to observe the proceedings.

Hearings that take place in the Judges' or Registrar's chambers, e.g. pre-trial conferences, are also not open to the public.


 

6. How do I get a seat in the courtroom?

Public access to courtroom is based on first-come-first-seated basis. The courtroom will open 30 minutes before the hearing starts. A queue pole will be set up outside the courtroom for crowd management, when necessary.

For cases of high public interest which are likely to attract a larger than usual turnout, there will be a limit to the number of seats allocated in the courtroom (e.g. to family members of person charged in court, prosecutors, defence counsel, court interpreters, etc.) where the case is heard. Under such circumstances, queue poles will be set up outside the State Courts Building to facilitate orderliness due to the large crowd. The State Courts will issue a special pass (transferrable) to members of the public who wish to observe the proceedings of the case.

The special passes will be issued outside the State Courts Building on each day of the trial, before the hearing starts. When all the special passes (for the morning or afternoon) are issued, members of the public will be notified that the courtroom is full. There will be no entry into the State Courts Building until further notice. This is to prevent exceeding the occupancy load of the building and to ensure that fire safety regulations are complied with.

 

7. Is there any etiquette that I should observe in the courtroom?

Please take note of the following:

1.   When entering or leaving a courtroom where Court is in session, it is customary to bow towards the State Crest.

2.   Enter or leave the courtroom quietly so that you do not disrupt the proceedings.

3.   Do not talk, smoke, eat or drink in the courtroom. Smoking in the State Courts Building is also not allowed.

4.   Dress appropriately; office attire is recommended.

5.   Please either switch off your mobile phone or leave it in silent mode before entering the courtroom.

6.   Please answer calls outside the courtroom. External communication is prohibited in the courtroom, i.e. do not send short messages (i.e. SMS), access the Internet, Facebook, Twitter or any other social media sites or applications while in the courtroom.

You may be required to produce identification documents and state your purpose of visit.

Failure to comply with court rules and/or directions from a security/police officer may result in removal from the courtroom.

Please also note that the Judge is in charge of the proceedings in the courtroom. He/she may order any person who misbehaves or is dressed inappropriately to leave the courtroom.

 

8. Can I take photographs, or record the proceedings on a video and/or voice-recorder?

Upon entering the State Courts Building, please deposit your cameras, video and audio recorders at the security counter. You are also not allowed to take photographs and/or video within the State Courts Building.

Photography, video and/or audio recording of court proceedings in the courtroom are not allowed. All unauthorised recordings will be deleted.

 
9. What is considered appropriate attire for visiting the court?

Examples of appropriate dressing include smart casual wear, office wear and traditional dress (please see illustrations below). Visitors who are dressed in a manner that is indecent or offensive, may be prohibited from entering the courthouse.

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Last updated on: 11/4/2017 10:21 AM
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