The Justice Statement
State Courts Logo
History of State Courts
Court Governance and Administration
Construction of State Courts Towers
Join us as a Court Volunteer
List of Court Volunteers
Roles of Court Volunteers
Appreciating Court Volunteers
Training and Networking Sessions for Court Volunteers
Recognising Court Volunteers
Positions in State Courts
[For lawyers only] Common e-filing errors in eLit
How do I start a civil proceeding?
How do I file a Magistrate's Complaint?
How do I file a claim against my neighbour
How do I file an appeal against a sentence or order made by the Court
How do I conduct a criminal case myself
How do I apply for court records
FAQ about Night Courts
How do I pay Court Fines?
Types of Claims which the ECT can hear
Before filing a Claim
Filing a Claim
After a Claim is filed
Settlement of disputes and Appeals
Compliance and Enforcement of Settlement Agreement and Tribunal Order
SMALL CLAIMS TRIBUNALS
How do I appeal against the Registrar's discontinuance order to the Referee (Small Claims Tribunals)?
How do I enforce an order of the Small Claims Tribunals
How do I file an appeal to the High Court against the decision of the Referee, Small Claims Tribunals
How do I file for debt recovery
How do I file a claim at the Small Claims Tribunals
Justice@State Courts mobile app
Virtual Tour of Courtrooms
Annual Reports 2003 to 2018
Interested in Mediation/Conciliation/ADR
Small Claims Tribunals
Employment Claims Tribunals
Annual Workplan Speeches
Annual Workplan Speeches and Themes
FAQs on court reporting
Legislation and Practice Directions
Legislation, Registrar's Circular, Practice Directions and others
International Framework for Court Excellence
International Consortium for Court Excellence
Judiciary Times (newsletter)
State Courts Judgment
Judgments published by LawNet
English to Chinese - Glossary of Terms
English to Malay - Glossary of Terms
English to Tamil - Glossary of Terms
SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT WEBSITES
Community Mediation Centre
Family Justice Courts
Insolvency and Public Trustee's Office
Legal Aid Bureau
Ministry of Education
Ministry of Law
Ministry of Social and Family Development
National Youth Council
Supreme Court of Singapore
Asean Law Association
Community Development Councils
Criminal Legal Aid Scheme
SG Heart Map
Singapore Academy of Law
Singapore Children's Society
Singapore Institute of Legal Education
Singapore International Arbitration Centre
Singapore Mediation Centre
The Law Society of Singapore
Commissioner for Oaths
Integrated Criminal Case Filing and Management System
Community Justice and Tribunals System
Court Fine Payment
The Small Claims Tribunals (the “Tribunals”) are part of the State Courts of Singapore. The Tribunals were established on 1 February 1985 to provide a quick and inexpensive forum for the resolution of small claims between consumers and suppliers.
All claims are filed using an electronic case filing and management system called
CJTS (Community Justice and Tribunals System). CJTS allows parties involved in disputes to file claims and access Court e-services from the comfort of their homes or any place with an internet connection. For more information on CJTS, please refer to
this promotional brochure.
An order of the Tribunals made on claims filed before 1 November 2019 may be enforced as though it was an order of a Magistrate's Court, while an order of the Tribunals made on claims filed on or after 1 November 2019 may be enforced as though it was an order of a District Court.
With effect from 1 November 2019, the Tribunals hear claims not exceeding $20,000. This limit can be raised to $30,000 if both parties agree to it and file a Memorandum of Consent online. A claim cannot be split or divided to bring it within the Tribunals' jurisdiction.
All claims must be filed within 2 years from the date on which the cause of action accrued, that is, the day the facts arose to give rise to a right to sue. Prior to the amendments to the Small Claims Tribunals Act, the limitation period was one year from the date on which the cause of action has accrued.
The amendments do not apply to claims that would have expired under the old Act. The extended limitation period of 2 years only applies to causes of action that accrued on or after 1 November 2018 (less than 1 year before the amendments).
The Tribunals only hear specific types of cases.
Click here to find out if your claim is covered by the Small Claims Tribunals.
Proceedings at the Tribunals begin when a claim is filed.
A person who files a claim is a “claimant”. A claimant files a claim against a “respondent”. A respondent can also file a "counterclaim" against the claimant in the same claim.
All parties are required to submit their claims / counterclaims online through
The applicable fees for filing a claim or counterclaim are:
More than $20,000, up to $30,000*
Consent of both parties required. A
Memorandum of Consent must be filed/uploaded.
After a claim is filed, a Consultation date will be fixed for parties to appear before the Registrar in Court. At a Consultation, the Registrar will:
Note: Lawyers are not allowed to represent any of the parties in proceedings before the Tribunals.
After a case is fixed for Hearing, the Hearing can occur within 24 hours of the date of the Consultation. At the Hearing, both parties will have a chance to present their cases to the Tribunal Magistrate. The Tribunal Magistrate will consider the parties’ documents or other evidence, the evidence of witnesses (if any) and make a decision on the case in accordance with the law.
An order made by the Tribunal Magistrate is binding on the parties. An order of the Tribunals made on claims filed before 1 November 2019 may be enforced as though it was an order of a Magistrate’s Court,, while an order of the Tribunals made on claims filed on or after 1 November 2019 may be enforced as though it was an order of a District Court.
For more information on Orders of Tribunals, please see the State Courts brochure “Orders of Tribunals”.
You are being redirected to an external source.
Do you want to proceed?
Thank you for your feedback.
Oops, that can't be blank....