Singapore’s legal system is based on the English common law. Singapore has a Supreme Court that is made up of the Court of Appeal and the High Court, but it also has subordinate courts. In 1970 Singapore abolished the jury system, which is why nowadays the judge rules in all types of courts. In this article, our litigation attorneys in Singapore make a brief overview of the subject.
The Singapore Court of Appeal rules in both civil and criminal appeals coming from the High Court and subordinate courts. The Singapore Court of Appeal became the highest court in 1994 when the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London was dismissed.
The Singapore High Court acts as an appellate body in both civil and criminal litigation, but also rules in admiralty, arbitration and intellectual property cases. The District Court and the Magistrate’s Court are the two Singapore subordinate courts that rule in civil, commercial and criminal matters.
However, subordinate courts have limited monetary jurisdictions of maximum 60,000 S$ in a civil case and 250,000 S$ in criminal and commercial litigation. Singapore courts are famous for the high rate of litigation cases resolved within at least 18 months from filing.
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Our law firm in Singapore offers legal consultancy in both civil and commercial litigation cases.
Singapore is a renowned arbitration center, both in Asia and worldwide. Arbitration in Singapore is divided into two legal regimes, one for domestic arbitration cases that fall under the Arbitration Act and international arbitrations that fall under the International Arbitration Act (IAA).
The International Arbitration Act is based on the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards and it was mainly designed for international commercial arbitration cases.
The Singapore government has abolished work permit requirements and the taxation of foreign arbitrators choosing the city-state as an arbitration location in order to promote the city as an international arbitration center.
You can request the legal services of our law firm in Singapore for arbitration cases.
Starting 1997 an Electronic Filing System (EFS) was enabled for Singapore lawyers to use when submitting court documents. The EFS is operated by the court system and has a 24/7 timetable. In 2013, the EFS was replaced by the Integrated Electronic Litigation System also known as eLitigation.
Among the services provided by the iELS, there are the information-based filing of court actions that allows documents to be submitted in XML format, a litigation process management system that makes sure deadlines are respected, an electronic case file for lawyers in Singapore and even a calendar of the courts.
For detailed information about the legal system in the city-state, or if you need representation in solving a dispute for your business here, please contact our litigation attorneys in Singapore.
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