Overview of the SICC

The Court

The SICC is a division of the Singapore High Court and part of the Supreme Court of Singapore designed to deal with transnational commercial disputes. It is a superior court of law built on the foundations of a legal and judicial system that has been highly regarded and favourably ranked in international surveys conducted by, among others, the Swiss-based International Institute for Management Development and the Hong Kong-based Political and Economic Risk Consultancy. Click here to download the SICC brochure for more information.

Jurisdiction

Generally, the SICC has the jurisdiction to hear and try an action if:

  1. the claim in the action is of an international and commercial nature;
  2. the parties to the action have submitted to the SICC’s jurisdiction under a written jurisdiction agreement; and
  3. the parties to the action do not seek any relief in the form of, or connected with, a prerogative order (including a mandatory order, a prohibiting order, a quashing order or an order for review of detention).

For more information regarding the SICC’s jurisdiction, please refer to O 110 r 7 of the Rules of Court (Cap 322, R 5).

The SICC may also hear cases which are transferred from the Singapore High Court. Third or subsequent parties may be joined to an action where the SICC has or assumes jurisdiction or in a case transferred to the SICC from the High Court.

The SICC will not decline to assume jurisdiction in an action solely on the ground that the dispute between the parties is connected to a jurisdiction other than Singapore, if there is a written jurisdiction agreement between the parties to submit the claim for resolution by the SICC.

The SICC Registry

The SICC Registry administers cases filed in the SICC and appeals to the Court of Appeal from SICC decisions. The SICC Registry is headed by the Registrar and supported by a Deputy Registrar and Assistant Registrars.

Divisional Registrar
Ms Teh Hwee Hwee

Divisional Deputy Registrar
Ms Ng Teng Teng Cornie

Assistant Registrars
Ms Cheng Pei Feng
Mr Chan Wei Sern Paul
Ms Una Khng
Mr Seow Fu Hong, Colin
Mr Yeo Rong Wei Justin
Ms Li Yuen Ting
Mr Fang Hao Wen, Bryan
Mr Ramasamy s/o Nachiappan
Mr Pereira Shaun
Mr Tan Chun Wen, Scott
Ms Norine Tan Yan Ling

The functions of the SICC Registry include the following:

  1. assisting the SICC Judges and the Court of Appeal Judges hearing appeals from the SICC in the provision of quality and timely adjudication services for the efficient management of the docket;
  2. assisting in administering the directions of the SICC Judges and the Court of Appeal Judges hearing appeals from the SICC for the preparation of hearings, including hearings for pre-trial and preliminary applications as well as case management conferences;
  3. maintaining and managing the filing, production and certification of, and access to, court/hearing records and documents;
  4. convening court sittings and providing hearing support by, for example, conducting conflict checks, scheduling hearings, arranging for translation services, and facilitating the use of court technology for hearings;
  5. assisting in administering the directions of the SICC Judges and the Court of Appeal Judges hearing appeals from the SICC in post-trial matters, such as enforcement proceedings;
  6. editing and disseminating court judgments and other publications;
  7. updating the Rules of Court (Cap 322, R 5), the SICC Practice Directions and the SICC User Guides;
  8. establishing and maintaining the Register of Foreign Lawyers appearing before the SICC;
  9. managing all SICC business and affairs including inquiries and requests for assistance; and
  10. collecting fees and other charges relating to SICC matters and proceedings.