Frequently-Asked-Questions


This compilation of fre​quently-asked questions (FAQs) by visitors to the State Courts is meant to guide visitors on the “do’s and don’ts” when they visit the State Courts. The information provided is not exhaustive. Visitors can approach the State Courts Information Counter or email: contact@statecourts.gov.sg for further queries.



 1. What are the State Courts' operating hours?

The State Courts are open from 8.30am to 6.00pm, on Monday to Thursday, and 8.30am to 5.30pm for Fridays. The Night Courts operate from 6.00pm between Monday to Thursday.

Court 4A, the Bail Centre and State Courts Heritage Gallery are open on Saturday from 8.30am to 1.00pm.

The State Courts are closed on Sunday and public holidays.

More infomation can be found in the Location and Operating Hours page.

                 

2. How do I get to the State Courts? If I drive, where can I park?

The nearest MRT station is Chinatown (NE4) (DT19) via exit D.

The following bus stops are within close proximity to the State Courts.

  • After Chinatown Station Exit D – Eu Tong Sen Street (05022)
    (54, 124, 145, 147, 147e, 166, 190, 851, 851e)
  • Chinatown Point – New Bridge Road (05049)
    (2, 12, 12e, 33, 54, 143, 147A, 147e, 190, CT8, CT18)
  • Opp State Courts – Upper Cross Street (06171)
  • Central Square – Havelock Road (06189)
    (51, 143, 174, 174e, 186)
  • Central Square

The nearest parking is available at:

  • People's Park Centre
  • Furama City Centre Singapore
  • Chinatown Point
  • Central Square
  • Central Mall
  • Blk 54 Chin Swee Road
  • Blk 8A Jalan Kukoh
  • Havelock II

                 

3. What do I need to do when I arrive at the State Courts? Do I have to queue to enter the State Courts?

You have to queue and go through security screening at the entrance of the State Courts. The screening requires you to pass through metal detectors and your belongings will be screened in X-ray machines.

 

4. I understand that some items are not allowed into the State Courts? What are they?

Weapons and dangerous items that may be used as weapons are not allowed into the State Courts. If you are found to have any of these items, the State Courts security personnel will refer you to the police.

Cameras, video cameras and voice-recorders are also not allowed into the State Courts. You will have to deposit them at the security counter if you have these items with you. Mobile phones may be brought into the building, but the camera function in the mobile phones must not be activated within the State Courts (unless specified). Please refer to paragraphs 7(e) and (f) on the use of mobile phones within the State Courts.

The list of prohibited items above is not exhaustive. During security screening, the security personnel will inform you if you have items (e.g. scissors, pen knife, card knife, aerosol spray etc) that are not permitted to be brought into the State Courts. You are required to deposit those items at the security counter.

                

5. Can I sit-in a Court hearing?

Generally, you can observe the hearings held in Open Court, i.e. the proceedings are conducted in a courtroom. However, some hearings may be closed to the public, e.g. cases involving the testimony of a vulnerable witness. For such cases, there will be a sign on the door bearing the words "Hearing in Camera", and you will not be allowed to observe the proceedings.

Hearings that take place in the Judges' or Registrar's chambers, e.g. pre-trial conferences, are also not open to the public.

 

6. How do I find out what hearings are taking place at the State Courts?

The list of hearings is as follows:

Criminal trial hearings can be found here.

Civil registry and civil trials can be found here.

Community (Tribunal hearings) can be found here.

SCCDR hearings can be found here.

Please do note that hearing dates are only published up to two weeks ahead.

 

7. How do I get a seat in the courtroom?

Public access to courtroom is based on first-come-first-seated basis. The courtroom will open 30 minutes before the hearing starts. A queue pole will be set up outside the courtroom for crowd management, when necessary.

For cases of high public interest which are likely to attract a larger than usual turnout, there will be a limit to the number of seats allocated in the courtroom (e.g. to family members of person charged in court, prosecutors, defence counsel, court interpreters, etc.) where the case is heard. Under such circumstances, queue poles will be set up outside the State Courts to facilitate orderliness due to the large crowd. The State Courts will issue a special pass (transferrable) to members of the public who wish to observe the proceedings of the case.

The special passes will be issued outside the State Courts on each day of the trial, before the hearing starts. When all the special passes (for the morning or afternoon) are issued, members of the public will be notified that the courtroom is full. There will be no entry into the State Courts until further notice. This is to prevent exceeding the occupancy load of the building and to ensure that fire safety regulations are complied with.

 

8. How do I get to the courtroom that hears my matter?

Please use our Wayfinder to locate the courtroom that you have been requested to go to or other areas in the State Courts that you are heading to.

 

9. Is there any etiquette that I should observe in the courtroom?

Please take note of the following:

a.   When entering or leaving a courtroom where Court is in session, it is customary to bow towards the State Crest.

b.   Enter or leave the courtroom quietly so that you do not disrupt the proceedings.

c.   Do not talk, smoke, eat or drink in the courtroom. Smoking in the State Courts is also not allowed.

d.   Dress appropriately; office attire is recommended.

e.   You may use notebooks, tablets, mobile phones and other electronic devices in the courtroom for the following
      purposes provided that such use does not in any way disrupt or trivialise the proceedings:
      (a) to take notes of evidence during all hearings or sessions and for any other purpose pertaining to the proceedings; or
      (b) to communicate with external parties during all hearings in open Court, unless the Judge hearing the matter or the 
            person presiding over the session expressly disallows this.

f.  Please switch your electronic devices to the silent mode before entering the courtroom.

You may be required to produce identification documents and state your purpose of visit.

Failure to comply with court rules and/or directions from a security/police officer may result in removal from the courtroom.

Please also note that the Judge is in charge of the proceedings in the courtroom. He/she may order any person who misbehaves or is dressed inappropriately to leave the courtroom.

 

10. Can I take photographs, or record the proceedings on a video and/or voice-recorder?

Upon entering the State Courts, please deposit your cameras, video and audio recorders at the security counter. You are also not allowed to take photographs and/or video within the State Courts.

Photography, video and/or audio recording of court proceedings in the courtroom are not allowed. All unauthorised recordings will be deleted.

 
11. What is considered appropriate attire for visiting the court?

Examples of appropriate dressing include smart casual wear, office wear and traditional dress (please see illustrations below). Visitors who are dressed in a manner that is indecent or offensive, may be prohibited from entering the courthouse.

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Last updated on: 13/8/2020 10:25 AM
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