Parents, teachers and tourists visit the Supreme Court to learn more about our judicial system, our history and also courthouse architecture in the past and present.

Our Judicial System

In Singapore, there are three branches of government – Legislature, Executive and Judiciary. The Judiciary is headed by the Chief Justice, is a system of courts that upholds the law.

To learn more about our Judicial System and the Supreme Court, see:

 

Getting to the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is located in the heart of the city at 1 Supreme Court Lane. The main entrance of the Supreme Court is along Parliament Place, opposite the Parliament House.

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Arriving by Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)

The closest MRT station is City Hall. The City Hall station is one of the stops along the North-South Line and also the East-West Line. Take Exit B from the City Hall station. 

  • Proceed up the escalator, turn left and walk along North Bridge Road.
  • When you arrive at the Coleman Street cross junction, continue to walk straight.
  • Upon the next traffic light, turn left into Supreme Court Lane.   

The entrance to the Supreme Court will be on your left. The walk from City Hall station is about 5-7 minutes.

 

Arriving by Bus

There are 3 bus stops near the Supreme Court. They are all about 3 minutes’ walk from the Supreme Court.

Bus Stop along North Bridge Road (Marked "A" in the map)

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This bus stop is in between the Treasury Building and the Supreme Court and has the most buses. The bus stop code is 04249. It takes about 3 minutes to walk from this bus stop to the Supreme Court entrance.

SBS Buses
51, 63, 80, 124, 145, 166, 174, 174e, 197

SMRT Buses
61, 851, 961

 

Bus Stop along Parliament Place (Marked "C" in the map)

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This bus stop is opposite Parliament Place. The bus stop code is 02181. It takes about 3 minutes to walk from this bus stop to the Supreme Court.

SBS Buses
195

SMRT Buses
961

 

Visiting and Operating Hours

The Supreme Court is open from 8.30am - 6.00pm from Monday to Friday. The various offices and counters within the Supreme Court have different operating hours.

 

Visiting Hours

Monday to Friday: 8.30am - 6.00pm

Commissioner for Oaths Operating Hours

Monday to Thursday: 8.30am - 5.30pm

Friday: 8.30am - 5.00pm

Legal Registry Operating Hours

Monday to Thursday: 9.00am - 5.30pm

Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm

Translation Office Operating Hours

Monday to Thursday: 8.30am - 5.30pm

Friday: 8.30am - 5.00pm

 

Things to Do and See

All Visitors

SupCt Gallery

The Supreme Court Gallery chronicles significant developments in Singapore's legal history as well as major legal milestones since the founding of Singapore in 1819.

Learning Court

The Learning Court features an interactive learning space, providing visitors a dynamic and delightful learning experience about the Singapore Court system and the Supreme Court. It features multimedia enactment and role play with audience participation.

Viewing Gallery

The Viewing Gallery offers visitors a bird’s eye view of the old Supreme Court and City Hall, the Parliament House and other significant monuments that define Singapore’s Civic District.

 

Law Students

Courtroom

To experience what it is really like inside a Courtroom, you may want to attend a hearing. Hearings are open to the public except for hearings that take place in the Judges' or Registrars' chambers. The Court of Appeal is on level 9.

CDMS

Law students may also want to check out the Centralised Display Management System. From this system, you can see all the hearings taking place, the judges presiding and find out which hearings are open to the public.

 

Teachers and Parents

Guided Tours

The Guided Tours are highly recommended for teachers and parents bringing groups of school-going children. Conducted by our authorised educational partners, they can be customised to children of various ages. Charges apply.

 

Architecture and Heritage Lovers

Old SupCt Building

The Old Supreme Court is a must-see for architecture and heritage lovers when it is open to the public.

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The architecture of the current Supreme Court expresses the ideal of transparency in the law. The disc-shaped structure dome is intended to represent the impartiality of justice. To learn more, see Courthouse Architecture.

 

Attending a Hearing

Attending Only Hearings Open to the Public

Hearings are open to the public except for hearings that take place in the Judges' or Registrars' chambers.

In sensitive cases, for example those involving the testimony of a vulnerable witness, hearings may be closed to the public. On such occasions, there will be a sign on the door bearing the words "Hearing in Camera".

Etiquette When Attending Hearings

  1. Please switch off all mobile and other beeping devices before you enter the courtroom as these may disrupt the proceedings.

  2. Enter the courtroom silently and bow to the Judge as a sign of respect before proceeding to your seat. A security officer will take down your particulars.

  3. Silence must be observed at all times during the hearing and visitors are not allowed to address the court.

  4. You may leave the courtroom at any time during the hearing. As a sign of courtesy to the Judge, visitors usually bow to the Judge just before leaving the courtroom.

 

Guided and Virtual Tours

Guided Tours by Educational Partners

The Supreme Court hosts guided tours run by authorised educational partners. They are open to individuals, tourists, schools and groups.

Guided Tours must be booked in advanced and changes apply. To learn more, visit Guided Tours.

Mobile Tour of the Old Supreme Court

To tour the old Supreme Court, you can download a mobile app titled "Old Supreme Court". With the app, you can learn about the building's layout, including its underground holding cells for criminal suspects.

The app, available for Android and Apple platforms, is developed by the Singapore Academy of Law and local artist Eugene Soh.

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Security and Weapons

The security is similar to that at airports. When you enter, your bags are scanned and you walk through a screening gate.

Any items that may be used as weapons (e.g. knives) are not allowed within the Supreme Court’s premises. Anyone found in possession of any of these items will be handed over to the police.

 

Dress Code, Photography and Other Tips

Dress Code

Visitors should be properly attired. Visitors dressed in singlets, shorts, slippers or other inappropriate attire may be not allowed from entering the Supreme Court.

Examples of appropriate dressing include smart casual wear, office wear and traditional dress (please see illustrations below). Visitors who are dressed in a manner that is indecent or offensive, may be prohibited from entering the courthouse.

Dress Code

Source: Text and photos by State Courts, Singapore

Conduct           

The Court is a place where decorum appropriate to the location of the Court as a building for the administration of justice, must be observed. The officers of the court, as well as the security personnel have a responsibility to preserve the security of the premises (including the public areas) and to ensure that members of the public behave in an appropriate manner (for example, no loitering or picnicking) at the premises so as to uphold the decorum of the courts. 

Photography

Strictly no photography or video recordings

Photography and video recordings are strictly not allowed within the Supreme Court’s premises. One of the main reasons for this restriction is to protect the privacy of litigants, potential litigants and their family members.

Mobile phones with cameras

You may bring your mobile phones, even those with cameras, into the Supreme Court. Remember not to take photos with your mobile phone. If you do, security will have to confiscate your phone.

Lockers for your camera and recording devices

You will be asked to leave your camera and video/audio recording devices in lockers at security when you enter. You can retrieve them on your way out.

 

Building Facilities and Directory

Looking for the information counter, a specific courtroom, the library or gallery? All the facilities are all listed in our floor-by-floor directory.

Food and Drink

The Chilli Api Cafe at level 1 offers light refreshments and food to the public. Within the court premises (e.g. inside a courtroom) only drinking water is allowed.

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