​​​​​A Warrant of Arrest will be issued against you when you fail to attend Court. A Warrant of Arrest may also be issued against you for non-payment of fine(s).


The Warrant will be handed over to the Warrant Enforcement Unit (a division of the Singapore Police Force) or the respective enforcement agencies for them to execute. The police will either arrest you or you may be asked to surrender yourself at the Warrant Enforcement Unit for the warrant to be executed.


As a condition of the Warrant of Arrest, bail may or may not be offered upon arrest.

  • If no bail is offered, you will be brought to Court within 48 hours of your arrest; 
  • If bail is offered, you will be asked to furnish the bail sum before you may be released to attend Court on a specified date. If you are unable to find a bailor, you will be brought to Court within 48 hours of your arrest.


In certain cases, you may be disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence pending your arrest.


What happens when I am arrested?

Once the warrant is executed and you are brought before the Court, you will be asked to explain your absence in Court on the previous hearing date. The Court will also deal with the charges against you if you are ready to give a plea. If you are also facing a "show cause" action, the Court may impose a fine if no satisfactory reasons are given for your absence.


If you fail to turn up in Court even after the warrant is executed, in certain cases for example where you face charges under the Road Traffic Act (Cap 276) or The Parking Places Act (Cap 214), you may be disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence until the matter against you is concluded or for such other period as the Court thinks fit.


Notice to Surety

If you are on bail and a Warrant of Arrest has been ordered by the Court, a Notice to Surety to Show Cause will be issued against your surety and the matter fixed for mention in Court. Your surety may have his bail money or property forfeited by the Court if he fails to give a satisfactory explanation for your absence from Court.

Last updated on: 23/11/2016 11:53 AM


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