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Increase in State Courts’ Jurisdiction for Certain Claims

1              With effect from 1 December 2016, the State Courts’ jurisdiction for claims arising from road traffic accidents and claims for personal injuries resulting from industrial accidents will be increased from $250,000 to $500,000. The change is part of the plans to increase the civil district courts’ monetary jurisdictional limit in phases, which was announced by the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon at the State Courts Workplan 20161.

2              Parties who wish to file for damages of between $250,000 and $500,000 for claims arising from such cases will still commence action in the High Court. These cases will then be automatically transferred to the State Courts’ civil district courts, and they will follow the same statutes, Rules of Court and Practice Directions, and hearing and appellate structure that are currently applicable to district court cases of the same nature.

3              Please refer to Annex A for a graphical overview of the increase in the State Courts’ jurisdiction for claims arising from road traffic accidents and personal injuries resulting from industrial accidents.

4          For queries pertaining to the change in jurisdiction, the public can call the State Courts at 1800-JUSTICE (1800-5878423) or email their enquiries to contact@statecourts.gov.sg.

 

SUPREME COURT
STATE COURTS
25 NOVEMBER 2016

Annex A

Overview of the Increase in State Courts’ Jurisdiction for Claims arising out of Road Traffic Accidents and Personal Injuries arising out of Industrial Accidents

 


1For the full version of the Chief Justice’s Keynote Address at the State Courts Workplan 2016, please go to: https://www.statecourts.gov.sg/NewsAndEvents/Pages/Media-Release-State-Courts-Workplan-2016-%E2%80%9CCharting-the-Future-Together%E2%80%9D.aspx

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