The Judiciary is one of the three branches of government, the other two being the Executive and Legislature.
The Judiciary, headed by the Chief Justice, is a system of courts that upholds the law and ensures justice is accessible to all. The Chief Justice is appointed by the President on the advice of the Prime Minister.
Deciding Cases, Singapore's Final Court of Appeal
The Supreme Court's role as the final court of appeal is perhaps the most familiar to the man in the street. As the highest judicial court in Singapore, the Supreme Court tries major cases in the High Court and hears appeals from the High Court and State Courts.
The Supreme Court also ensures that the law is fairly and consistently applied across the board, upholding justice in the country.
For more, see Our Courts and Their Powers.
Helping Families, the Family Justice Courts
The Family Justice Courts are established pursuant to the Family Justice Act which was passed by Parliament on 4 August 2014. The Family Justice Act was enacted based on the recommendations of the Committee for Family Justice which was formed in 2013 to review how Singapore’s family justice system may be reformed to address the needs of youth and families in distress.
Processes and procedures are simplified and streamlined to help resolve family disputes more quickly and easily.
For more, visit Family Justice Courts.
Going International, the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC)
On the international front, the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC) was launched on 5 January 2015 as a division of the Supreme Court, providing parties a prime destination for resolving international commercial disputes.
The SICC builds upon the remarkable success of Singapore’s vibrant arbitration sector to further enhance Singapore’s international standing as a key legal and business hub in Asia, as well as a leading centre for international commercial dispute resolution.
For more, visit the SICC website.
Developing Judges, the Singapore Judicial College (SJC)
Improving access to justice would only be possible with a strong Judiciary to lead the changes. Judicial training and continuing education for judges to enhance their ability to discharge their judicial functions is critical in establishing a world-class Judiciary.
With a relatively small pool of judges in Singapore, judicial training was previously largely decentralised, as each court developed programmes suited to its own needs. Now, all judicial training programmes are centralised under the SJC.
Established under the auspices of the Supreme Court of Singapore, the SJC provides judges and judicial officers with platforms and resources to develop their knowledge and skills.
For more, visit the SJC website.
Serving the Community, the Supreme Court Services
The Supreme Court also serves the community directly by offering a comprehensive range of services to litigants, legal community and public such as free interpretation services to witnesses and translation services for documents used in court proceedings.
The services are provided by:
- The Infrastructure and Court Services Directorate
- The Legal Directorate
- The Office of Public Affairs
For more, see Court Services