Guidelines on the Participation in Hearings by Video Conferencing

All parties participating in video-conferencing (“VC”) hearings must abide by the following rules of conduct:

(a) The recording, photography and dissemination of VC hearings in video, audio and/or any other form is strictly prohibited. In appropriate cases, the Court may require an undertaking that no such recording will be made. Attention is drawn to sections 4 and 5 of the Administration of Justice (Protection) Act 2016 (Act No. 19 of 2016) read with section 28(11) of the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020 (Act No. 14 of 2020) regarding contempt of court by disobedience of court order or breach of undertaking, and contempt of court by unauthorised audio and visual recordings.

(b) All parties appearing for court proceedings by VC must proceed with the hearing as if they were appearing in Court in person, and must comply with all Court rules of dress and etiquette. Parties (including self-represented parties) who are inappropriately attired (eg, singlets, shorts, revealing clothing) will not be allowed to participate in the hearing. It will not be necessary to stand and/or bow to the Court at the start or end of the hearing or to stand when addressing the Court, when otherwise required to do so for physical attendance.

(c) Parties should use a private and quiet location to participate in the VC hearing. Parties are to be mindful of the backdrop to be shown on screen, and should opt for the use of a non-descript backdrop (eg, a plain wall, window blinds, etc). 

(d) The Court is to be informed of all persons in attendance at the VC hearing even where they are not captured within the video frame. Where possible, all attending persons are to be seated within range of the video camera. No person should be attending the VC hearing if the Court is not aware of their presence.

(e) Please speak clearly, and do not interrupt any speaker or speak out of turn. You should take the cue from the judge presiding over the matter. The judge may inform parties of the order in which they are to speak.

(f) Please comply with the naming convention for your display name:

Supreme CourtUnless otherwise set out in the Correspondence from Court sent for the hearing, please state in the following order: (1) the case number (if any); (2) your law firm (if any); and (3) your first and last name.
State CourtsPlease refer to the naming convention set out in the Registrar's Notice/email/Correspondence from Courts sent for the hearing.
Family Justice CourtsFor counsel, please state in the following order: the case number and your law firm.

For a litigant in person, please state in the following order: the case number and your full name (as per NRIC). 

For further information, please refer to the following websites: