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District CourtAny claim for which the amount in
dispute does not exceed $250,000.
Magistrates' CourtAny claim for which the
amount in dispute does not exceed $60,000.
Small Claims TribunalsAny claim not exceeding
$10,000 (or up to $20,000 where both parties to the dispute agree) which arises
from a dispute regarding a contract for the sale of goods or the provision
of services or in tort, where there is damage caused to any property, except
damage sustained in an accident arising out of or in connection with the use of
a motor vehicle.
You may file a claim by issuing a Writ of Summons or Originating Summons in
the District Court and Magistrates' Court.This has to be done electronically
from a lawyer's office, or from the CrimsonLogic Service Bureau situated at 19th
floor, Chinatown Point, 133 New Bridge Road, Singapore 059413.
Civil legal proceedings in the District Court and Magistrates' Court are
governed by the Rules of Court. Note that non-compliance with these Rules may
result in your claim being dismissed.
The Court recognises the right of a person to act for himself or herself.
However, by acting for yourself, it means that you take upon yourself the same
responsibilities as a lawyer would in acting for you.
You may wish to know that there are numerous documents to be filed in
Court before your case can proceed to trial. As there are no standard printed
forms available, the Court documents would have to be drafted and submitted by
Officers of the Court are not permitted by law to give legal advice.
Therefore they cannot prepare your documents or help you prepare your case for
If you cannot afford the services of a lawyer, you may apply for assistance
Legal Aid Bureau45 Maxwell Road #08-12The URA
Centre, East WingSingapore 069118Tel: 1800-3251424
However, you will have to go through a means test to determine whether
you qualify for such assistance.
Hearings on preliminary issues before the trial are held at the Civil
Registry of the State Courts. Civil trials for District Courts and Magistrates'
Courts cases are conducted at the State Courts Complex in Havelock
The Primary Dispute Resolution Centre located at the State Courts Complex at
Havelock Square provides a forum for litigants to explore various options with a
view to resolving their disputes without going to trial. For all civil cases
that commence in the State Courts, Court Dispute Resolution (CDR) will be
available as an option at no cost to litigants.
You should check the date, time and the Court designated for your case on the
summons or notice. Made sure that you come early so that you can find your way
to the right Court on time. If you are late or absent, an order may be made
against you e.g. your claim may be dismissed or judgment may be entered against
You should inform the Court Officers of your arrival, and inform him or
her that your case is fixed in that Court. Your lawyer can assist you in this
matter. If the courtroom is locked, please check with the Information
Interpreters are available to assist you. Just inform the Court staff that
you need the assistance of an interpreter. The Court provides interpretation of
the following languages and dialects: Malay, Tamil, Malayalam, Punjabi,
Hindustani, Urdu, Mandarin, Hokkien, Cantonese, Teochew, Hakka, Hainanese and
If you require interpretation in other languages, you must inform the Court
in advance ]so that the necessary arrangements can be made.
The Plaintiff or his Counsel will present the plaintiff's case first.
Witnesses may be called and evidence is produced. The Defendant or his Counsel
may ask questions of the witnesses.
The Defendant or his Counsel will then present the defendant's case.
Similarly, witnesses may be called and evidence is produced. The Plaintiff or
his Counsel may ask questions of the witnesses.
After hearing both sides, the District Judge or Magistrate will then make
a decision on the claim or dispute. Litigants who wish to conduct trials
in person can refer to this link: Conducting a
Civil Trial in Person.
If you are not satisfied with the decision, you may make an appeal to
the High Court by filing a Notice of Appeal at the Appeals Section of the
Civil Registry at the ground level of the State Courts at Havelock Square. In
certain circumstances, leave (permission) to appeal must be sought from the
If judgment is given against the Defendant, he or she must satisfy
the Judgment. If he or she does not, there are various methods by which the
judgment may be executed. A common method is by way of a writ of seizure and
sale. Application for the execution of judgment is governed by the Rules of
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