Amendments 2014

Amendment No. 1 of 2014

  1. The Registrar has since 22 October 2013 ceased making orders for substituted service by posting on the notice board of the Supreme Court.
  2. Parties who have been granted such orders before the above date must comply with the requirement of posting on the notice board by 12 noon on 30 January 2014.
  3. With effect from 1 February 2014, there will be no more notice board maintained for the purpose of posting notices pursuant to orders for substituted service.
  4. Applicants should, where appropriate, consider other modes of substituted service such as AR registered post or electronic means (electronic mail or internet transmission), in addition to or in substitution of posting documents on doors or gates of residential and business premises.  For instance, if it can be shown that an email account belongs to the person to be served and that it is still being actively used by that person, substituted service by way of email should also be considered: see O 62 r 5(4) of the Rules of Court.
  5. Applicants are reminded that any suggested mode of substituted service should be shown to be probably effectual in bringing the relevant documents to the knowledge of the parties to be served.
  6. The above paragraphs apply to substituted service in all cases, including bankruptcy and companies winding up cases.
  7. Consequent changes have been made to Part III of the Supreme Court Practice Directions, paragraph 33 on “Substituted service”, to take effect from 20 January 2014.

Please find attached a document reflecting the marked-up amendments to the Practice Directions.

Supreme Court Practice Directions Amendment No. 1 of 2014
 

 

Amendment No. 2 of 2014

Amendment No. 2 of 2014 of the Practice Directions contain amendments to Parts Parts IV, XI, XIII, XVII, XIX and XXI as well as Appendix B of the Supreme Court Practice Directions and they are set out below:

  1. Amendments consequential to the State Courts (Amendment) Bill to reflect the change in name of the ‘State Courts’ to the ‘State Courts’ in paragraphs 40, 83, 109, 131, 138, 139, 140, 142, 147 as well as Appendix B;
  2. The introduction of a new paragraph 85A on “Whether an appeal to the Court of Appeal is to be heard by 5 or greater uneven number of Judges”;
  3. The renaming of the original paragraph 85A on “Leave of the Court of Appeal to receive further affidavits in relation to an application to strike out a notice of appeal” to paragraph 85B; and
  4. The updating of the time periods for the hearing of civil and criminal appeals to the Court of Appeal in Appendix B.

The amendments take effect on 7 March 2014.

A summary of these amendments may be found in the annexed document:

Supreme Court Practice Directions Amendment No. 2 of 2014

 

Amendment No. 3 of 2014

Amendment No. 3 of 2014 of the Practice Directions contains amendments to Parts I, II, VIII, XI, XII, XV, Appendix A and Appendix D of the Supreme Court Practice Directions. A new Appendix F is also introduced in this set of amendments. The amendments are summarised below:

  1. the introduction of a new paragraph 7A on “Business of the Registry”;
  2. amendments to paragraph 24 on “Access to case file, inspection, taking copies and searches”;
  3. the introduction of a new paragraph 24A on “Personal Data”;
  4. the introduction of a new paragraph 73A on “Written submissions and bundles of authorities for special date hearings”;
  5. the introduction of a new paragraph 87B on “Requests for waiver or deferment of appeal court fees”;
  6. the introduction of a new paragraph 99A on “Costs scheduling”;
  7. amendments to Part XV on “Technology Facilities”;
  8. the introduction of a new form 14A in Appendix A (Affidavit Verifying Form Showing Lack of Means);
  9. the introduction of a new form 14B in Appendix A (Form Showing Lack of Means); 
  10. the introduction of a new form 18A in Appendix A (Costs Schedule);
  11. the deletion of forms 21, 22 and 23 and the introduction of a new form 21 in Appendix A (Application to Use the Technology Courts or Mobile Infocomm Technology Facilities (MIT facilities));
  12. amendments to Appendix D (Fees for Use of the Technology Courts and the Mobile Infocomm Technology Facilities); and
  13. the introduction of a new Appendix F (Sample Costs Schedule).

The amendments take effect on 15 July 2014.

A summary of these amendments may be found in the annexed document:

Supreme Court Practice Directions Amendment No. 3 of 2014

 

Amendment No. 4 of 2014

  1. It has come to the attention of the Registry that there is an increasing number of instances where counsel have failed to comply with the timelines for the filing of skeletal arguments for hearings before the Court of Appeal under paragraph 90(6) of the Supreme Court Practice Directions.
  2. Counsel are reminded to comply with the timelines for the filing of skeletal arguments for hearings before the Court of Appeal under paragraph 90(6), i.e., skeletal arguments must be filed by 4 p.m. on the Monday three weeks before the week of the Court of Appeal sitting. Please note that documents filed in breach of timelines will be rejected and counsel may not file or tender these documents in Court unless approval for late filing is granted. Please further note that costs may be imposed against the party in default or his counsel personally.
  3. It is hereby notified that the following change has been made to Part XI of the Supreme Court Practice Directions:
    • the insertion of a new paragraph 90(7) to set out the consequences for non-compliance with the timelines under paragraph 90(6).
    • This amendment will take effect on 18 August 2014.

  4. Please find attached a document reflecting the marked-up amendments to the Practice Directions.

Supreme Court Practice Directions Amendment No. 4 of 2014

 

Amendment No. 5 of 2014

Amendment No. 5 of 2014 of the Practice Directions contains amendments to Parts XVII and XIX of the Supreme Court Practice Directions. A new Part XXIII of the Supreme Court Practice Directions and new Forms under Appendix A are also introduced in this set of amendments. The amendments are summarised below:

  1. amendments consequential to the enactment of the Family Justice Act 2014 (Act No. 27 of 2014) in paragraphs 131, 138, 139, 142 and 147;
  2. amendment to paragraph 141 on “Forms of orders, including Mareva injunctions and search orders”;
  3. the introduction of new paragraphs 158 to 203 under Part XXIII of the Supreme Court Practice Directions on “Proceedings in the Family Division of the High Court”; and
  4. the introduction of new Forms 30 to 85 under Appendix A of the Supreme Court Practice Directions. 

The amendments take effect on 1 October 2014.

A summary of these amendments may be found in the annexed document:

Supreme Court Practice Directions Amendment No. 5 of 2014

 

Amendment No. 6 of 2014

Amendment No. 6 of 2014 of the Practice Directions amends Part II of the Supreme Court Practice Directions by introducing a new paragraph 29A concerning publication of & reports and comments on court cases.

The amendments will take immediate effect on 1 December 2014.

Please find attached a document reflecting the marked-up amendments to the Practice Directions:

Supreme Court Practice Directions Amendment No. 6 of 2014

 

Amendment No. 7 of 2014

Amendment No. 7 of 2014 of the Practice Directions contains changes to Parts I, II, III, IX, XIII, XVII, XIX, XXIII and Appendices A and B of the Supreme Court Practice Directions. A new Appendix G is also introduced in this set of amendments. These amendments are summarised below:

  1. amendments to paragraph 7A on “Business of the Registry”. The Registry shall comprise the Division for the Court of Appeal, the Division for the High Court and the Division for the Singapore International Commercial Court. With effect from 1 January 2015, Deputy Registrar Ms Teh Hwee Hwee will concurrently be designated as the Divisional Registrar of the Court of Appeal and the Divisional Registrar of the Singapore International Commercial Court, and Senior Assistant Registrar Ms Cornie Ng will concurrently be designated as the Divisional Registrar of the High Court;
  2. amendments to paragraph 12 on “Duty Registrar”;
  3. the introduction of a new paragraph 29B on “Citation of Case Numbers”;
  4. amendments to paragraph 30 on “Originating Summonses”;
  5. amendments to paragraph 75 on “Draft Orders”;
  6. amendments to paragraph 103 on “Registered users and authorised users”;
  7. deletion of Part XVII on “Adoption and Probate Matters”;
  8. amendment to paragraph 141 on “Forms of orders, including Mareva injunctions and search orders”;
  9. deletion of Part XXIII on “Proceedings in the Family Division of the High Court”;
  10. amendments to form 20 in Appendix A (Application to be Registered User of the Electronic Filing Service) and deletion of forms 30 to 85 in Appendix A;
  11. amendments to Appendix B (Waiting Periods); and
  12. the introduction of a new Appendix G (List of Divisional Registrars and List of Senior Assistant Registrars).

The amendments will take immediate effect on 1 January 2015.

Please find below a document reflecting the marked-up amendments to the Practice Directions:

 

Supreme Court Practice Directions Amendment No. 7 of 2014

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