Increase in State Courts’ Jurisdiction for Certain Claims
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.
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.
Please refer to Annex A for a graphical
overview of the increase in the State
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
25 NOVEMBER 2016
of the Increase in State Courts’ Jurisdiction for Claims arising out of Road
Traffic Accidents and Personal Injuries arising out of Industrial Accidents