A guide to the procedures of the SICC as set out in the applicable legislation, Rules of Court and practice directions, updated as of 31 December 2021, has been issued.
Click here to view the updated SICC Procedural Guide.
A set of SICC User Guides has been issued to provide users with some guidance on certain features of SICC proceedings. The SICC User Guides comprise the following:
Note 1: Jurisdiction
Note 2: Commencing an Action
Note 3: Foreign Representation
Note 4: Disapplication of Singapore Evidence Law
Note 5: Injunctions Prohibiting Disposal of Assets
Click here to view the SICC User Guides.
Click here to view the typical procedure of an SICC action.
You may commence an action in the SICC now. Click here for more information on the avenues for the filing of cases in the SICC.
The SICC is not bound to apply any rule of evidence under Singapore law (including rules contained in the Evidence Act (Cap 97) and common law) in such cases and to such extent as the Rules of Court (Cap 322, R 5) as modified by Order 110 may provide. The SICC may apply other rules of evidence (whether such rules are found in foreign law or otherwise) if an order is made on an application of party pursuant to Order 110 Rule 23 of the Rules of Court (Cap 322, R 5).
In line with the international character of the SICC, pursuant to Order 110 Rule 25 of the Rules of Court (Cap 322, R 5), the SICC may, on the application of a party, order that any question of foreign law be determined on the basis of oral and/or written submissions instead of proof.
The SICC is part of the Supreme Court of Singapore and is a division of the General Division of the High Court. It is a superior court of law. The enforcement of judgments of the SICC is thus no different from the enforcement of judgments of other superior courts that are regularly chosen in dispute resolution clauses in cross-border consensual agreements. As the SICC’s jurisdiction is primarily consensual, parties who have voluntarily chosen to have their disputes adjudicated by the SICC are not expected to need to resort to enforcement measures.
Nonetheless there are existing means of enforcement that may be utilised.
Click here to view a note on enforcement of SICC judgments and orders.
The Asian Business Law Institute has released its first publication, Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Asia. It features 15 country reports (covering ASEAN Member States, Australia, China, India, Japan and South Korea) written by legal academics and practitioners in their respective countries on how foreign judgments in civil and commercial matters are recognised in Asia. The objective of this project is to facilitate cross-border transactions by lowering transaction costs and associated legal friction through the greater portability of judgments in this region.
To access the free full download of the publication, click here.
Click here to download a list of serviced offices located within the proximity of the Supreme Court. Please note that this list should not be taken as an endorsement by the Supreme Court of the quality of the serviced offices.
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