Registration of Foreign Judgments

Order 67 of the Rules of Court

Any person who has obtained a judgment in a foreign jurisdiction that falls within the ambit of the Reciprocal Enforcement of Commonwealth Judgments Act (Cap 264 1985 Rev Ed) (“RECJA”) and the Reciprocal Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act (Cap 265 2001 Rev Ed) (“REFJA”) and who wishes to enforce that judgment in Singapore has to register the judgment in the High Court of Singapore. This is done by way of an ex parte (by one party only) originating summons. The formal requirements of an application to register a foreign judgment in Singapore are set out in Order 67 of the Rules of Court

Once the foreign judgment is registered, the applicant is required to serve notice of the registration of the foreign judgment on the defendant/debtor (also known as a judgment debtor), who can apply to the Court by summons to have that registered foreign judgment set aside.

Execution of a registered foreign judgment can only be made after the expiry of the period allowed for setting aside the registration of the said foreign judgment. If there is an application for setting aside the registration of a foreign judgment, that judgment may only be executed after the final determination of the matter.

A party that has obtained a judgment in a foreign jurisdiction to which the RECJA and REFJA do not apply may commence a common law action for the judgment debt and apply for summary judgment on the basis that there is no defence to the claim.

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