​A Hearing takes place in private before a Tribunal. A judge, called the Tribunal Magistrate, presides over the Tribunal. The Tribunal Magistrate will direct the flow and manner of the proceedings as he/she deems fit.

All parties to a case must attend the Hearing. A failure to attend can result in an adverse Order being made against the absent party.

During the Hearing each party will have a chance to present his/her case. At the end of the Hearing, the Tribunal may make one or more of the following Orders:

For a salary-related claim:

  • Require a party to pay money to another party; and/or

  • Dismiss the whole or any part of the claim.

For a wrongful dismissal claim:

  • Require an employer to reinstate an employee who has been wrongfully dismissed and to pay the employee his loss of wages from the date of dismissal to the date of reinstatement;

  • Require an employer to pay compensation to an employee who has been wrongfully dismissed; or

  • Dismiss the claim.

In either case:

  • Require a party to pay costs to another party.

The Tribunal may also refer parties to mediation. The Tribunal can make an Order even if a party is absent from the hearing. In making an Order, the Tribunal will take into account all the facts of the case, including whether:

  • any party failed without reasonable excuse to attend any mediation
  • any party failed without reasonable excuse to attend any proceeding before the Tribunal

A copy of the Order from the Tribunal will be made available online on the CJTS, and this Order will have the effect of an Order of a District Court.

Interpreters

If you or your witness requires interpretation services, you should inform the ECT at the earliest opportunity. The State Courts will provide free interpretation services for the following languages:

  • Mandarin, Hokkien and other local Chinese dialects
  • Tamil
  • Malay

For any other language(s) or special needs requiring interpretation services, please make your own arrangements, at your own costs.

You may also apply under the Community Justice and Tribunals Division (CJTD) Friend Scheme for your family member, friend, or a volunteer from the Community Justice Centre or pro bono agency / entity to interpret spoken communications and/or written documents. This request to be accompanied by a CJTD Friend to assist in interpretation is subject to the approval of the tribunal or the Registrar. 

If you wish to make an application under the CJTD Friend Scheme, you may find out more details here.

Can I be accompanied by a family member, friend or other person at the CMC or a hearing?

Unrepresented litigants-in-person may apply under the CJTD Friend Scheme to be assisted in proceedings before the ECT or the Registrar by a family member, friend, or a volunteer from the Community Justice Centre or other pro bono agency / entity. Please note that the CJTD Friend may not provide you with legal advice, manage your case or act as your agent when dealing with other parties, or address the tribunal or the Registrar during the CMC or at a hearing. 

This request to be accompanied by a CJTD Friend is subject to the approval of the tribunal or the Registrar. If you wish to make an application under the CJTD Friend Scheme, you may find out more details here.

What should I bring?

  • Identification documents
  • Originals of all the document(s) uploaded onto CJTS, as the Tribunals may ask for them to be produced for verification.
Last updated on: 1/5/2019 12:10 AM

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