An overview of the POHA process.

The Protection from Harassment Act (POHA) introduces multiple legal remedies to deal with harassment. The step-by-step guide below summaries the important points of the POHA process in Court.


Step 1: Pre-Filing Assessment

You may wish to seek the services of a lawyer to represent you in Court. Although this is not compulsory, a lawyer will be in the best position to assess your case and advise you accordingly.

Alternatively, if you wish to proceed without a lawyer, before you decide on the appropriate legal action to take, consider approaching the Harassment Cases/Neighbour Disputes Registry at the Community Justice and Tribunals Division (State Courts, Level 1) first. The counter staff can explain the various remedies available and refer you to an Assessor who will look into the background of your case in greater detail and, depending on the nature of your case, may be able to suggest alternative remedies out of Court.

You can find more information on pre-filing assessment here (under "Pre-Filing Assessment").

​Step 2: Decide on a Remedy

Under POHA, the following remedies are available:

  • Criminal remedies
    • Police report
    • Magistrate's Complaint
  • Civil remedies
    • (Expedited) Protection Order
    • Non-Publication Order
    • Monetary compensation

​Step 3: Lodge a Magistrate's Complaint

File a Magistrate's Complaint at the Crime Registry (State Courts, Level 1).

  1. Bring along your NRIC/ID and police/medical reports (if any)
  2. Complete Form
  3. See Duty Magistrate
  4. Attend mediation/counselling as directed

Step ​4A: File an Originating Summons for a (Expedited) Protection Order (EPO/PO) or Non-Publication Order (NPO)

Apply for a EPO/PO or NPO.

  1. Prepare your Supporting Affidavit
  2. File an Originating Summons and your Supporting Affidavit at CrimsonLogic Service Bureau
  3. If applying for EPO, attend a Pre-Trial Conference (PTC) before serving documents on Respondent
  4. If applying for PO or NPO, serve Originating Summons and Supporting Affidavit on Respondent
  5. Attend PTC
  6. Attend mediation/counselling as directed

​Step 4B: Attend a Court Hearing

  1. All parties to attend Court hearing
  2. Judge makes decision (whether or not to grant PO/NPO)

​Step 5: Monetary Compensation

Commence a Civil action.


Last updated on: 4/12/2018 2:05 PM


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