Applying for Final Orders (excluding claims for monetary compensation)
This section concerns an application for any of the following Final Orders:
- Protection Orders (PO)
- Stop publication orders (SPO)
- Correction orders (CO)
- Disabling orders (DO)
- Targeted correction orders (TCO)
- General correction orders (GCO)
Please note that an application for a PO must be filed using eLitigation at the CrimsonLogic Service Bureau. An application for an SPO, CO, DO, TCO or GCO (together referred to as false statement orders) must be filed manually at the Central Registry (State Courts, Level 2).
Step 1: Filing your Application
Preparing your documents
You are required to prepare and file your Originating Summons (OS) together with your Supporting Affidavit (SA) using the prescribed Forms in the Rules of Court. Samples of the Forms can be found and downloaded on this website (under Resources → List of Forms) as well as the self-help kiosks located at the Business Centre (State Courts, Level 2). If you intend to obtain samples of the Forms at the self-help kiosks, you may wish to consider bringing a thumb drive with you to save your work.
You will also need to ensure that you have copies of all other supporting documents that you wish to use as evidence in your case.
If you are filing an OS, you are known as the Applicant. Generally, the person whom you are seeking a court order against is known as the Respondent.
Affirming/Swearing your Affidavit
Your SA contains evidence that will be presented before the Court. It is necessary for you to affirm/swear that the contents of your SA are true to the best of your knowledge.
Affirmation/Swearing of your SA is done before a Commissioner for Oaths. You may approach a law firm to assist you with the affirmation/swearing of your SA. Alternatively, you can affirm/swear the contents of your SA at Central Registry (State Courts, Level 2).
Please take note that affirming/swearing your SA in Court will cost at least S$15.00.
Filing your documents
Once you have prepared your OS and SA, you will need to file these documents with the court to formally commence your application.
The location, operating hours and contact numbers of the service bureau is as follows:
LawNet & CrimsonLogic Service Bureau
133 New Bridge Road,
#19-01/02 Chinatown Point
Tel: (65) 6538 9507
Fax: (65) 6438 6350
Mondays to Fridays: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturdays: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Closed on Public Holidays
More information on eLitigation and the CrimsonLogic Service Bureau can be found on their respective websites at eLitigation.sg and CrimsonLogic.com.sg.
An application for a false statement order must be filed manually by bringing three (3) copies of your completed OS and SA to the Central Registry (State Courts, Level 2), as well as your NRIC or any other form of personal identification. Please note that costs, such as filing fees and service charges, will apply.
The location, operating hours and contact number of the State Courts is as follows:
1 Havelock Square
Tel: 1800 587 8423
Mondays to Fridays: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Closed on Public Holidays
Serving your documents
Service is the formal procedure by which you inform another party that they are being sued, or of any court order issued against them.
After filing your documents, you will need to serve a copy of your OS and SA on the Respondent. Service must be done through a process server or by any other means directed by the Court. Within eight days from the date your documents are served on the Respondent, you must file an Affidavit of Service.
Within 14 days after being served with your OS and SA, the Respondent, and anyone else against whom orders are sought and who has been served with your OS and SA, may file a Response to your application using the prescribed Form.
Step 2: Pre-Trial Conference (PTC)
Your case will generally be fixed for a PTC before a Judge approximately three to four weeks after your OS and SA are filed. Both you and the Respondent will be required to appear before the Court on the PTC date.
At the PTC, the Judge may refer the parties for mediation to explore an amicable settlement or counselling. If the case is settled at mediation, the case is concluded. If the matter cannot be amicably resolved, the parties will be given another PTC date, and the case may then be fixed for hearing.
Step 3: Hearing
On the day of the hearing, you must bring along all your documentary evidence, such as photographs, police and/or medical reports, and computer print-outs of harassment online. Your witnesses must also be present in Court, unless they have been granted permission to testify by video-link.
If your order is granted by the Judge, you must serve it on the Respondent and are recommended to thereafter file an Affidavit of Service.
Generally, protection and false statement orders take effect only after they have been served on the Respondent.
Applying for interim or expedited orders
This section applies only to the following interim or expedited orders:
- Expedited Protection Order (EPO)
- Interim stop publication order (ISPO)
- Interim disabling order (IDO)
- Interim notification order (INO)
- Targeted interim notification order (TINO)
Application for interim or expedited orders (only if you have applied for a corresponding Final Order)
Please refer to the List of Civil Remedies to find out whether you may apply for the desired interim or expedited order.
The application process for an interim or expedited order is similar to that for final orders. However, during the filing of your OS and SA at the Service Bureau, you can indicate that you are applying for an interim or expedited order in addition to a final order.
Should you do this, the application process for the interim or expedited order will be slightly different in the following ways:
- Your application for the interim or expedited order will be fixed for a hearing before a Judge at the same time as the PTC for your case; this hearing/PTC will be fixed within the next two working days instead of at least three weeks from the date you filed your OS and SA.
- If you are represented by a lawyer, you should still remain available to attend Court in person in Court on the PTC/hearing date mentioned above.
- You do not need to serve a copy of your OS and SA on the Respondent before attending Court; during the PTC/hearing mentioned above, the Judge will give you specific directions for service of your documents, including directions for service of the interim or expedited order should your application be successful.
Please note that interim or expedited orders generally take effect only after they have been served on the Respondent or party against whom they are made.
After your application for an interim or expedited order has been dealt with
The outcome of your application for an interim or expedited order does not affect your application for a final order. Regardless of the outcome of your application for an interim or expedited order, your case will still be fixed for a PTC regarding your application for a final order once the Court has fully dealt with your application for the interim or expedited order.
Suing for monetary compensation
If you intend to sue a harasser or stalker for monetary compensation, please refer to the process to commence a civil action here.