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A lawyer can be hired for appeal proceedings, and all companies must be represented by a lawyer for appeal proceedings at the High Court.
A Tribunal Order is final and binding. A party may appeal to the High Court against the decision of a Tribunal on a
question of law or jurisdiction only.
A party cannot appeal on any question relating to a finding of fact by the Referee. For example, you may not appeal against a Referee's decision where he has decided to believe the oral testimony of one party rather than the other.
Any discontinuance or transfer order made by the Referee under section 5(5) and section 7 of the Small Claims Tribunals Act (Cap 308) respectively is
If you are uncertain whether you have a right to appeal, please consult a lawyer.
Before an appeal to the High Court can be filed, leave (permission) from the District Court must be obtained.
The application for leave to appeal has to be filed within
14 days from the date of the Order by the Referee.
A District Court order granting or refusing leave is final and not subject to any appeal.
For claims filed
before 10 July 2017 (Manually): You may fill out the
"Application for Leave to Appeal" Form and file it with the Tribunals.
For claims filed
on or after 10 July 2017 (CJTS): The application for leave to appeal can be made online by completing the e-service "Application for Leave to Appeal" under "Online Applications" in CJTS.
Once leave is given by the District Court, the party can file an appeal to the High Court.
If leave is granted by the District Court, you may commence appeal proceedings in the High Court by filing a Notice of Appeal. The Notice of Appeal and other related document(s) must be filed within one month from the date of the Order of the District Judge granting leave (permission) to appeal.
All further steps are set out in the
Small Claims Tribunals Act (Cap. 308) and
You may wish to seek legal advice on continuing with the High Court appeal.
fees* for the appeal are stated below.
* Excludes any legal fees, and costs that may be ordered by the High Court to be paid to the respondent if the appeal is dismissed.
A brochure on the appeal process may also be obtained
For claims that were filed
on or after 10 July 2017 (Manually): Please continue to download the various manual templates/forms below for the appeal process.
Please note that the templates provided are strictly for reference only. It is your responsibility to ensure that your documents are in order in accordance with the law. All appeal documents must be typewritten.
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To be filed within 14 days from the date of the Referee’s Order
To be filed with Notice of Appeal
Proceeding with Appeal
Petition of Appeal (File 1 original + 2 photocopies)
Record of Appeal (File 1 original + 2 photocopies)
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