SUPREME COURT STAFF WORKPLAN SEMINAR 2008
The Supreme Court Staff Workplan Seminar 2008 was held on 16 June in the Supreme Court auditorium. The theme for the workplan built upon previous years’ emphases on leveraging information technology, honing our expertise and customer service by incorporating a focus on “Reaching Out” to the local and international community.
In a departure from the usual workplan speech, the Chief Justice addressed staff through a video recording, in which he highlighted the different roles of the Judges and Judicial Officers, frontline staff and administrative staff in reaching out to their respective spheres of influence. The Senior Management Team also reached out to staff via a light-hearted video montage, sharing what “reaching out” meant to them and to the Supreme Court while affirming the commitment and contributions of all departments.
Acting Registrar Mr Foo Chee Hock provided an overview of the journey taken by the Supreme Court in the past year and the newly designed corporate logo was launched. Directors of each directorate also presented their achievements for the past year and workplans for the year ahead.
LAUNCH OF THE SUPREME COURT LOGO
A new Supreme Court logo was officially launched during the Staff Workplan Seminar 2008. The new logo features a graphically-illustrated arc that alludes to the iconic disc crowning the building which houses the Court of Appeal, the apex of Singapore’s Judiciary. The arc conveys through its form and shape, the age-old tenets of fairness and impartiality in the administration of justice.
The words “Supreme Court” are positioned above the word “Singapore” to reinforce the Court’s scope of jurisdiction over the island state. This distinction also highlights the separation of the State and the Judiciary, conveying thereby, the complete and uncompromised integrity of the Court.
Deep maroon embodies a regal sense of authority while a cool shade of grey accords a distinguished air of wisdom. Together, the colours evoke a sense of the institution’s esteemed stature and history.
The logo captures the forward-looking perspective of the Court – one that is attuned to the demands of the 21st century.
The Supreme Court Legal Colloquium, an annual retreat that emphasises team-building and the sharing of legal issues among the Registrars and Justices’ Law Clerks, was held on Friday, 5 September 2008.
The event began with a lunch-time talk held at the Supreme Court’s Viewing Gallery on Level 8. Mr Lee Tzu Yang, Chairman of Shell Singapore, was the guest speaker. The Justices’ Law Clerks highlighted seminal decisions that had been delivered by the Court of Appeal within the past year, while some Assistant Registrars shared insights gained from overseas attachments.
Thereafter, the recreational and team-building component of the Colloquium involved paintball, water gun activities and Chanbara, a Japanese martial art similar to kendo.
ENHANCEMENTS TO TECHNOLOGY IN CASE MANAGEMENT AND COURT PROCEEDINGS
The use of technology to enhance administrative efficiency and productivity is central to the Supreme Court’s fundamental emphasis on ensuring timeliness and quality of justice.
The Application and Case E-Management System (ACES) forms the core of the Supreme Court’s pro-active case management system. Phase 1 of ACES was launched on 1 October 2007 and covered Writs and Court of Appeal cases. Phase 2, which covered Originating Summonses, Summonses, criminal cases and statistical reports, was implemented on 7 July 2008.
The Integrated Electronic Litigation System (i-ELS), which will eventually replace EFS, will be an integrated standard system featuring new capabilities and enhanced functionalities such as template-based filing of documents, integrated due diligence checks, case and data validation with external agencies, case management and case tracking as well as resource management.
i-ELS will address the needs of law firms by integrating their in-house practice management and billing systems with the system used by the Court. It will also facilitate the management and presentation of evidence for use in hearings both in open court and in chambers.
The project is targeted to be implemented in 2010.
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