Use of Technology at the SICC
Supreme Court Audio Recording and Transcription Services
The Supreme Court Digital Transcription System (DTS) is a system to facilitate the digital audio recording of court proceedings and the preparation of transcripts.
DTS is available for use in SICC open Court and Chamber proceedings. Pursuant to O 38A of the Rules of Court (Cap 322, R 5), a party may apply for a copy or a transcript of the official record of hearing.
Subject to Court’s approval and upon payment of the requisite fee, parties may obtain a copy of the audio recording or transcript of court proceedings.
Epiq Singapore Pte Ltd is currently the service provider for the DTS audio recording and transcription services of the Supreme Court.
New Availability of Audio Recordings of SICC Proceedings
With effect from 15 October 2019, parties may apply for the audio recordings of SICC proceedings.
The release of recordings (in the form of a DVD-Rom) will be subject to:
(a) approval by the Judge;
(b) the giving of the prescribed undertakings as to the use of the audio recordings; and
(c) payment of the appropriate fees and charges by the requesting party to the service provider.
For more information on the timing and place of collection for the audio recordings, please refer to the table below:
Place of Collection
Hearing that ends by 2pm
DVD can be collected by 5pm on the same day
Court Resources Section at Level 2M, Supreme Court
Hearing that ends by 6pm or stretches past 6pm
DVD can be collected by 10am on the next working day
Hearing that ends by 5pm
For premium services, DVD can be collected by 9pm on the same day
16 Raffles Quay, #35-01, Hong Leong Building, Singapore 048581
If you wish to make an application for audio recordings, please submit your request through the electronic litigation system using the electronic form "Request for Audio Recording of Hearing: Civil Proceedings".
Alternatively, you can download the relevant application form attached here and submit a copy of the completed form to the SICC Registry in one of the following ways:
(a) by way of email forwarded to Supcourt_SICCRegistry@supcourt.gov.sg
(b) by post to the attention of the SICC Registry; or
(c) by delivery at the counter of the SICC Registry.
Audio recordings can only be requested for within six months from the hearing date.
Please note that before any audio recording can be released, a requesting party has to give the following undertakings (as also stated in the request form):
“(a) I will pay the relevant charges to the service provider;
(b) I will only use the audio recording for the preparation for hearings or appeals in the Singapore courts;
(c) I will not upload, distribute or cause to be uploaded or distributed, whether on the Internet, on any social media, on any messaging service, or otherwise, the audio recordings without prior written permission from the Judge, nor will I make the audio recordings available to any other individual or entity (other than in accordance with paragraphs (d) and (e) below);
(d) I understand that I may make the audio recording available to a member of staff whose actions I am responsible for, or a service provider that is in the business of making transcripts from audio recordings, for the sole purpose of generating transcripts of the audio recording for the preparation for hearings or appeals in the Singapore courts;
(e) I will ensure that any person that obtains the audio recording from me will be made aware of the approved uses of the audio recordings, and I remain liable for unapproved distribution or use of the audio recordings by any such person;
(f) I understand that if a certified transcript of the official record of hearing is required for any legal proceedings (including appeals), such a certified transcript must be obtained from the Court. Normal fees/charges would apply in respect of such a certified transcript;
(g) I understand that the Court will not entertain any request to decide on (i) the accuracy of an unofficial transcript, or (ii) if more than one unofficial transcript is produced or obtained, which unofficial transcript to adopt. If there are issues or disputes relating to unofficial transcripts, the parties are to obtain a certified transcript of the official record of hearing from the Court. Normal fees/charges would apply in respect of such a certified transcript;
(h) my attention has been drawn to s.4 of the Administration of Justice (Protection) Act 2016. I will ensure that every other individual or entity that obtains the audio recording from me is also made aware of this provision.”
For the avoidance of doubt, the Court will not certify any unofficial transcript as a certified transcript of the official record of hearing. If a certified transcript of the official record of hearing is required for legal proceedings (including appeals), such a transcript must be obtained from the Court. Normal fees/charges would apply in respect of such a certified transcript.
The Court will not entertain any request to decide on (i) the accuracy of an unofficial transcript, or (ii) if more than one unofficial transcript is produced or obtained, which unofficial transcript to adopt. If there are issues or disputes relating to unofficial transcripts, the parties are to obtain a certified transcript of the official record of hearing from the Court. Normal fees/charges would apply in respect of such a certified transcript.
For trials that are conducted in camera, special reasons and permission of the Judge is required, before audio recordings are released.
For the avoidance of doubt, audio recordings are only available for trial proceedings and not for appeals or any other non-trial proceedings.
Transcription Services - Service Provider & Procedure
If you wish to request a transcript of an official record of hearing, please submit your request through the Electronic Litigation Service using the electronic form “Request for Transcript of Hearing : Civil Proceedings”.
Alternatively, you can download the relevant application form and submit a copy of the completed form to the SICC Registry in one of the following ways:
Click here to download the application form for transcripts of an official record of hearing.
Please note the following when requesting certified transcripts:
(a) all parties must make payment to the service provider directly for the transcription services;
(b) the following must be provided by the requesting party to the service provider (wherever applicable):
i. authorities or bundles of authorities;
ii. documentary exhibits or bundles of documents;
iii. written submissions;
iv. lists of the names of witnesses; and
v. any documents tendered at the hearing.
These documents must be supplied to the service provider at least 2 working days before the hearing starts.
If the request for certified transcripts is made only after the hearing has started, or after the hearing has concluded, the documents must be supplied together with the request Form. For such requests, the delivery timeline will be 14 working days.
Fees for Requests for Audio Recordings and Certified Transcripts
The applicable fees for audio recordings and certified transcripts may be viewed in the schedule here. Please note that charges for certified transcripts will vary according to these delivery timelines: (a) 24-hour; (b) 3 working days; (c) 5 working days; and (d) 14 working days.
For transcript request for 24-hour turnaround, the transcripts will be ready for collection after 5 pm the working day after the date of the request.
For queries on the Supreme Court's audio recording and transcription services, please contact Court Resources Section, Supreme Court at 6332 1055 or 6332 4257.
Private Real Time Court Reporting Services
The following vendors (listed in alphabetical order & in no order of priority) have been approved to provide Private Real Time Court Reporting Services (including real time transcription) in the Supreme Court.
Epiq Singapore Pte Ltd
16 Raffles Quay, #35-01
Hong Leong Building
Tel No: (+65) 6800 0268
Opus 2 International Singapore Pte Ltd
28 Maxwell Road
Maxwell Chambers Suites #04‑12/13
Tel No: (+65) 3158 5095
Any vendor interested in providing Private Real Time Court Reporting Services should email us at: DTS@supcourt.gov.sg.
Teleconference, video conference and audio-visual facilities (including Mobile Infocomm Technology Facilities) may, upon an application being made to the SICC Registry and subject to the discretion of the Registrar and the payment of the appropriate fees, be used at any trial or hearing conducted by the SICC.
Click here to download the application form to request for use of technology facilities during trials or hearings.
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