A lawyer can be hired for appeal proceedings, and all companies must be represented by a lawyer for for appeal proceedings at the High Court.

What is appealable?

A Tribunal Order is final and binding. A party may appeal to the High Court against the decision of a Tribunal on a question of law or jurisdiction only.

A party cannot appeal on any question relating to a finding of fact by the Referee. For example, you may not appeal against a Referee's decision where he has decided to believe the oral testimony of one party rather than the other.

Any discontinuance or transfer order made by the Referee under section 5(5) and section 7 of the Small Claims Tribunals Act (Cap 308) respectively is not appealable.

If you are uncertain whether you have a right to appeal, please consult a lawyer.

Leave to Appeal from the District Court

Before an appeal to the High Court can be filed, leave (permission) from the District Court must be obtained.

The application for leave to appeal has to be filed within 14 days from the date of the Order by the Referee. A District Court order granting or refusing leave is final and not subject to any appeal.

For claims filed before 10 July 2017 (Manually): You may fill out the "Application for Leave to Appeal" Form and file it with the Tribunals.

For claims filed on or after 10 July 2017 (CJTS): The application for leave to appeal can be made online by completing the e-service "Application for Leave to Appeal" under "Online Applications" in CJTS.

Appeal to the High Court

Once leave is given by the District Court, the party can file an appeal to the High Court.

If leave is granted by the District Court, you may commence appeal proceedings in the High Court by filing a Notice of Appeal. The Notice of Appeal and other related document(s) must be filed within one month from the date of the Order of the District Judge granting leave (permission) to appeal. 

All further steps are set out in the Small Claims Tribunals Act (Cap. 308) and Rules.

You may wish to seek legal advice on continuing with the High Court appeal.

Some common fees* for the appeal are stated below.

Application to District Court (DC) for leave to appeal  S$100
Extracting sealed DC order for leave S$50
Notice of appeal S$600
Security deposit with Accountant-General for Respondent's costs S$500
Other documents S$10 each

* Excludes any legal fees, and costs that may be ordered by the High Court to be paid to the respondent if the appeal is dismissed.

A brochure on the appeal process may also be obtained here.

Appeal Templates / Forms

For claims that were filed on or after 10 July 2017 (Manually): Please continue to download the various manual templates/forms below for the appeal process.

Please note that the templates provided are strictly for reference only. It is your responsibility to ensure that your documents are in order in accordance with the law. All appeal documents must be typewritten.

 

 

 

Template

Timelines

Stamp/ filing fees

Obtain leave (permission) to appeal to High Court   
Stage 1 Application for leave (permission) from District Judge to appeal to High Court           

 Please Click Here

To be filed within 14 days from the date of the Referee’s Order

$100 payable at registration counter of SCT     
If leave (permission) granted by District Judge   
Stage 2 a. Notice of Appeal (File 1 original + 2 photocopies)



MS WORD


ADOBE PDF

Within one month from the date of the District Judge’s Order granting leave to appeal $600 payable at the Finance Section of State Courts (Original Notice of Appeal to be stamped $600)
b. Order of Court if leave is granted (File 1 original + 1 photocopy)


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ADOBE PDF

To be filed with Notice of Appeal               $50 payable at the Finance Section of State Courts (Original Order of Court to be stamped $50)
c. Direction to Accountant General for Payment into Court (File 1 original + 1 photocopy)           



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ADOBE PDF

To be filed with Notice of Appeal $10 payable at the Finance Section of State Courts (Original Direction to Accountant General for Payment into Court to be stamped $10)
d. Notice of Payment into Court (File 1 original + 2 photocopies)           



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ADOBE PDF

To be filed with Notice of Appeal $10 payable at the Finance Section of State Courts (Original Notice of Payment into Court to be stamped $10)
e. Certificate for Security for Costs (File 1 original + 2 photocopies)           



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ADOBE PDF

To be filed with Notice of Appeal $10 payable at the Finance Section of State Courts (Original Certificate for Security for Costs to be stamped $10)
f. To the Accountant General to Receive Payment (File 1 original + 2 photocopies)           



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ADOBE PDF

To be filed with Notice of Appeal

Nil           
Stage 3

Proceeding with Appeal

Petition of Appeal (File 1 original + 2 photocopies)           



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ADOBE PDF

To be filed within 21 days of the date of the service of the notification to collect the Grounds of the Order and the Notes of Proceedings $100 payable at the  Finance Section of State Courts (Original Petition of Appeal to be stamped $100)
Stage 4           

Proceeding with Appeal

Record of Appeal (File 1 original + 2 photocopies)           

 

 
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ADOBE PDF
To be filed within 14 days after the filing of the Petition of Appeal Nil           
For the Index within the Record of Appeal, please refer to the next column.            


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ADOBE PDF

Last updated on: 10/7/2017 11:44 AM

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