Service of Singapore Court Documents to Foreign Countries
Where a writ or other originating processes and/or any other Court documents need to be served on a defendant or other party residing or working outside Singapore, leave for service of such documents outside Singapore (“service out of Singapore”) must first be obtained in accordance with Order 11 of the Rules of Court.
Service out of Singapore via the Court is carried out through diplomatic channels and the following documents will have to be filed to Court:
- Request for Service of Documents out of Singapore;
- Order of Court for Service of Documents out of Singapore;
- Copies of Documents for Service on the Party concerned; and
- Copies of Translations, if required.
As service out of Singapore through diplomatic channels may take some time, parties requesting such service are required to keep the Registry informed of the progress of the case, e.g. whether the case has been settled or discontinued, so that the Registry can keep the relevant authorities informed as to whether service out of Singapore is still required. It is preferable for service out of Singapore to be carried out through private agent(s) in the foreign country, where permissible.
Some of the applicable fees which may be relevant to service out of Singapore are as follows:
Document to be filed / prepared for service out of Singapore
Court fees payable where the value of the claim does not exceed S$1 million
Court fees payable where the value of the claim is more than S$1 million
Request for Service of Documents out of Singapore
S$100.00 per party per place of service
S$200.00 per party per place of service
Certificate of Process of Court
In addition, fees incurred by the relevant authorities for service out of Singapore are also payable.
Service of Foreign Process into Singapore
Service of any process required in connection with proceedings pending before a court or tribunal of a foreign country, on a person in Singapore (“service into Singapore”) shall be in accordance with Order 65[O1]
of the Rules of Court.
Service into Singapore shall be effected by the process server who will provide an affidavit of service stating the attempt(s) made at service, the outcome thereof and costs incurred. A certificate will then be issued by the Registrar as the outcome of the attempt(s) at service and the costs incurred.