Interpretation Services

All court/chamber proceedings in Singapore are conducted in English. The Supreme Court Interpreters Section provides interpretation services to witnesses who do not understand or speak English. Court users can refer to the English Handbook on Interpretation Services (PDF, 1.06 MB)for details. The handbook is also available in Chinese (PDF, 681.78 KB), Malay (PDF, 1.03 MB), and Tamil (PDF, 653.95 KB).
The languages and dialects available are as follows:

Chinese Languages Mandarin, Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese
Malay Languages Malay, Javanese and Boyanese
Indian Languages Tamil and Malayalam

Parties represented by lawyers in civil matters must submit their requests for interpretation services via the Request for Administrative Support module on eLitigation. 

Unrepresented parties may submit their requests via the Request by Unrepresented Party for Interpretation Services Form.

All requests should be submitted no less than 7 working days before the day on which the services of a court interpreter are required.

All interpretation services (irrespective of language) in Criminal Proceedings are free.

A fee of $300 per day or part thereof will be payable for the services of an interpreter for Civil Proceedings in open court hearings at the Supreme Court or any hearing in open court before the Family Division of the High Court, not being a hearing in any proceedings under any of the Acts as set out in item 60 of Part 1 of the Fifth Schedule to the Family Justice Rules 2014, with effect from 1 August 2017.

Please click here (PDF, 96.87 KB) for more information. For queries and assistance, please contact the respective head Interpreters for assistance:


6557 7637 (Chinese);

6332 3970 (Malay);

6332 3930 (Indian).

Vendors interested in providing foreign language interpretation services in criminal proceedings should email us at