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Relocation of the Supreme Court

               The Supreme Court will commence operations at the new Supreme Court building on 20 June 2005 after more than 65 years at its present premises along St Andrew’s Road.  The new building is situated behind the old Supreme Court and City Hall buildings, with its main entrance facing Parliament House. 

The Supreme Court’s new address is:

1 Supreme Court Lane
Singapore 178879
Tel: (65) 6336 0644
Fax: (65) 6337 9450

2             Designed by Foster and Partners, the new Supreme Court building houses twelve civil courts, eight criminal courts and three appellate courts.  To provide long-term flexibility, the courtrooms are configured in different sizes and can be used both by judges, in trials and appellate hearings, as well as by registrars when hearing assessments of damages and preliminary inquiries.  The courtrooms are complemented by a host of support facilities, including witness rooms, court conference rooms and a vulnerable witness room with video-conferencing facilities.

3             In line with the Supreme Court’s view that access to justice is enhanced through the use of appropriate technology, the new building offers an array of state-of-the-art resources to facilitate court processes.  One example is the Electronic Queue Management System (EQMS), which will enable registrars to manage their hearing queues more efficiently.  The EQMS will also notify lawyers of hearings via display screens and Short Message Service (SMS) notifications on their mobile telephones, enabling lawyers to work in the library or other areas of the building while waiting for their hearings.

4              The new building offers enhanced security by providing separate circulation corridors for the public, the judges and accused persons to access courtrooms and hearing chambers.  It also features a single point of public entry to facilitate security checks. 

5              The design of the new building is environmentally friendly and energy saving.  The central atrium allows filtered daylight to reach all public spaces, ensuring that the building is well-lit by natural light.  At the same time, to control the level of solar heat, a low-emissivity coating has been applied to all glass used for the façade and the roof atrium cladding.  In addition, extensive shading has been built into the design of the building to protect office spaces from direct sunlight. 

6              “The new Supreme Court building is a technologically-sophisticated courthouse, featuring flexible, purpose-built facilities which will enable the Supreme Court to administer justice effectively and efficiently.  I look forward to working with the legal fraternity and the public to make our new building a true hall of justice,” said Mrs Koh Juat Jong, Registrar, Supreme Court.

7              In conjunction with the move to the new building, the Supreme Court’s revamped website at www.supremecourt.gov.sg will be launched today.  The public may refer to the website for more information on the new Supreme Court building and its facilities.  Both English and Chinese language versions are available, and the website also features an interactive virtual tour of the new building. 

 

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