Amendments 2021

Amendment No. 1 of 2021

Amendment No. 1 of 2021 of the Practice Directions contains amendments to Part XVI of the Supreme Court Practice Directions. The amendments are summarised below:
 
    1. amendments to paragraph 124 on Arrest of ships.
 
The amendments will take effect on 22 January 2021 and will be reflected at https://epd.supremecourt.gov.sg/ from 22 January 2021.
 
Please find attached a document reflecting the marked-up amendments to the Practice Directions:

Supreme Court Practice Directions Amendment No. 1 of 2021 (PDF, 76.38 KB)

Amendment No. 2 of 2021

Amendment No. 2 of 2021 of the Practice Directions contains amendments to Part I, Part III, Part IV, Part XII, Part XX and Appendices A and C of the Supreme Court Practice Directions. It also introduces a new Part XXIV of the Supreme Court Practice Directions. The amendments are summarised below:

  1. introduction of new paragraph 1B on References to repealed provisions of written laws;
  2. amendments to paragraph 30 on Originating Summonses;
  3. amendments to paragraph 38 on Summonses to be heard in open Court;
  4. amendments to paragraph 93 on Scope of certain paragraphs;
  5. amendments to paragraph 98 on Taxations involving the Official Assignee, the Official Receiver, the Public Trustee or the Director of Legal Aid;
  6. amendments to paragraph 143 on Bankruptcy applications;
  7. amendments to paragraph 144 on Applications to set aside statutory demands made under the Bankruptcy Rules or the Insolvency, Restructuring and Dissolution (Personal Insolvency) Rules 2020;
  8. amendments to paragraph 145 on Judicial Management and Winding Up applications under the Companies Act or the Insolvency, Restructuring and Dissolution Act 2018;
  9. amendments to paragraph 146 on Documents for use in open Court trials of contested winding-up applications;
  10. introduction of new paragraph 159 on Reference to Actuarial Tables for the Assessment of Damages in Personal Injury and Death Claims;
  11. amendments to Form 11B (Questionnaire for the Examination of (Name of Officer of Judgment Debtor)) under Appendix A; and
  12. amendments to Sample Bills of Costs for non-contentious matters under Appendix C.
 
The amendments will take effect on 1 April 2021 and will be reflected at https://epd.supremecourt.gov.sg/ from 1 April 2021.
 

Please find attached a document reflecting the marked-up amendments to the Practice Directions:

Supreme Court Practice Directions Amendment No. 2 of 2021 (PDF, 115.44 KB)

Amendment No. 3 of 2021

Amendment No. 3 of 2021 of the Practice Directions contains amendments to Parts I and XI and Appendix A of the Supreme Court Practice Directions. It also introduces a new Part XXV of the Supreme Court Practice Directions. The amendments are summarised below:

  1. amendments to paragraph 5 on Applicability of Practice Directions;
  2. amendments to paragraph 90A on Applications in civil matters before the Court of Appeal and civil matters before the Appellate Division;
  3. introduction of new paragraph 92A on Lapse or cancellation of Grant of Aid under the Legal Aid and Advice Act and the Legal Aid and Advice Regulations;
  4. introduction of new paragraph 160 on Judge Pre-Trial Conference Checklist for criminal cases in the General Division;
  5. amendments to the following Forms under Appendix A:
    • Form 28 (ADR Offer);
    • Form 29 (Response to ADR Offer);
    • Form 31A (Submissions for Application for Leave to Appeal against a Decision of the General Division (Applicant));
    • Form 31B (Submissions for Application for Leave to Appeal against a Decision of the General Division (Respondent));
    • Form 32A (Submissions for Application for Leave to Appeal against a Decision of the Appellate Division (Applicant));
    • Form 32B (Submissions for Application for Leave to Appeal against a Decision of the Appellate Division (Respondent)); and
  6. introduction of new Form 33 (Judge Pre-Trial Conference Checklist for criminal cases in the General Division) under Appendix A.

The amendments will take effect on 30 April 2021 and will be reflected at https://epd.supremecourt.gov.sg/ from 30 April 2021. The amendments set out at sub-paragraphs (2) and (5)(c) to (5)(f) above will apply to applications filed on or after 30 April 2021.

Please find attached a document reflecting the marked-up amendments to the Practice Directions:

Supreme Court Practice Directions Amendment No. 3 of 2021 (PDF, 522.64 KB)

Amendment No. 4 of 2021

Amendment No. 4 of 2021 of the Practice Directions contains amendments to Part II, Part VI, Part XV and Appendices A and D of the Supreme Court Practice Directions. The amendments are summarised below:

  1. amendments to paragraph 29 on Electronic payment of Court fees;
  2. introduction of new paragraph 59A on Swearing and signing of affidavits in Singapore before, and completing of attestation by, commissioner for oaths through live video link or live television link;
  3. amendments to paragraph 61 on Effect of non-compliance;
  4. amendments to paragraph 120 on Use of the Video Conference Facilities and the Mobile Infocomm Technology Facilities;
  5. amendments to paragraph 121 on Applications to use the Video Conference Facilities and Usage of Additional Equipment;
  6. amendments to paragraph 122 on Applications to use the Mobile Infocomm Technology Facilities;
  7. deletion of paragraph 123 on Fees;
  8. amendments to Form 21 (Application to Use the Video Conference Facilities or Mobile Infocomm Technology Facilities (MIT facilities)) under Appendix A; and
  9. deletion of Appendix D (Fees for the Use of Technology Courts and the Mobile Infocomm Technology Facilities).

The amendments will take effect on 2 June 2021 and will be reflected at https://epd.supremecourt.gov.sg/ from 2 June 2021.

Please find attached a document reflecting the marked-up amendments to the Practice Directions:

Supreme Court Practice Directions Amendment No. 4 of 2021 (PDF, 277.06 KB)

Amendment No. 5 of 2021

Amendment No. 5 of 2021 of the Practice Directions contains amendments to Parts II, XI, XII, XV and XXV and Appendices A and G of the Supreme Court Practice Directions. The amendments are summarised below:

  1. introduction of new paragraph 12A on Request for urgent hearing before Judge;
  2. amendments to paragraph 20 on Interpreters and translation;
  3. amendments to paragraph 90 on Skeletal arguments for appeals and matters before the General Division, Appellate Division, Court of Appeal and Court of 3 Judges;
  4. amendments to paragraph 99A on Costs Scheduling;
  5. amendments to paragraph 122 on Applications to use the Mobile Infocomm Technology Facilities;
  6. introduction of new paragraph 161 on Affidavit in support of a Leave Application under section 394H of the Criminal Procedure Code;
  7. introduction of new Form 1A (Request for Urgent Hearing before Judge) under Appendix A;
  8. introduction of new Form 34 (Information Sheet to be exhibited in an Affidavit in support of a Leave Application under section 394H of the Criminal Procedure Code) under Appendix A; and
  9. deletion and substitution of Appendix G (Guidelines for Party-and-Party Costs Awards in the Supreme Court of Singapore).

The amendments will take effect on 2 August 2021 and will be reflected at https://epd.supremecourt.gov.sg/ from 2 August 2021. The amendments set out at above sub-paragraph (9) will apply to all costs orders made on or after 2 August 2021. Appendix G of the Supreme Court Practice Directions as in force immediately before 2 August 2021 will continue to apply to all costs orders made before that date.

Please find attached a document reflecting the marked-up amendments to the Practice Directions:

Supreme Court Practice Directions Amendment No. 5 of 2021 (PDF, 763.87 KB)

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