Sheriff's Services

The Sheriff is the enforcement officer of the Court. The Registrar of the Supreme Court is concurrently the Sheriff of Singapore. Bailiffs are officers attached to the Sheriff's Section who are empowered under the Sheriff's authority to execute and carry into effect all writs of execution and court orders including:

  • Money judgment
  • Judgment for delivery of immovable property
  • Judgment for delivery of movable property

By authority given to the Sheriff and the Bailiffs, they may enter the house of the judgment debtor or premises of a third party to seize goods and movable property belonging to the debtor. The Bailiffs of the Supreme Court carry a warrant card, a badge and wear a Sheriff's jacket for easy identification.

Sheriff's Sale

Once the goods or property have been seized, the judgment debtor (the losing party in the lawsuit who is required to pay the judgment sum to the winning party) is given 7 days to settle the judgment sum or obtain a court order to stop the sale. After this time limit lapses, the winning party will notify in writing to the Sheriff who will then arrange for the sale of the goods or property seized. If the value of the goods is below S$2000.00 the Bailiff will conduct the Sheriff's sale. However, an auctioneer is to be appointed to conduct the sale if the estimated value of the seized goods is above S$2000.00. The auction is usually conducted about 6 weeks after the seizure of the property and will be advertised in the newspapers 2 weeks before the sale.

If any third party has a claim to the goods or property seized, the third party may make a claim to the Sheriff by way of Form 22. If the winning party contests this claim, the Sheriff will make an application for an interpleader summons on behalf of the winning party, to be heard by a Judge to determine ownership of the property. Pursuant to the order made, the Sheriff will either release the seized property to the rightful owner or conduct the sale.

In the case of properties seized by a Writ of Distress, the third party claimant has to apply to a Judge by way of a summons-in-chambers and serve the relevant document to all parties involved. Upon adjudication of the matter, the Judge will give orders to release the distrained property or allow the Sheriff to continue the sale.

Arrest and Release of Vessels in Admiralty Actions

When an admiralty in rem action (to arrest a ship before judgment) is commenced, the arrest and detention of the ship usually follows within 12 months, as long as the vessel is within the port limits of Singapore. Since 1994, solicitors have been authorized to perform the Sheriff's duty to arrest a vessel (Section 65A of the Supreme Court of Judicature Act). Once a ship is arrested, the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority and the Police Coast Guard will be notified.

The owner of the ship can provide a security for the claim in order to secure the release of the ship. If the Warrant of Arrest is defective, the owner of the ship may apply to the Court to set aside the arrest of the ship and have the ship released.

Unless the ship is subsequently released, it is sold by the Sheriff pursuant to an order of court. The proceeds of the sale are then used to satisfy the claims of the plaintiff and other relevant parties, after the expenses of the Sheriff and other dues have been deducted. The proceeds of sale of the vessel, if it exceeds the sum of S$250,000.00 after deducting all the Sheriff's costs and expenses, will be placed in a fixed deposit with a reputable bank or finance company in Singapore pursuant to Order 90 rule 12(4) of the Rules of Court to earn the best commercial rate of interest in respect of such deposit.After the date of payment into Court of the proceeds of sale of the vessel, the Sheriff shall send for publication in the Gazette and/or the Straits Times a notice complying with Order 70 Rule 21(2)(c) and Order 70 Rule 21(3) of the Rules of Court. Any party who has obtained judgment against the ship may apply to the Court to determine the order of priority of the claims against the proceeds of sale of the ship. Upon being served with an Order of Court, the Sheriff will then distribute the proceeds of sale accordingly.

For the activation of the duty Registrar outside of the Supreme Court’s operating hours to hear an urgent request for the arrest or release of a vessel, lawyers are to contact the duty Registrar (whose number may be found here) and satisfy him/her of the urgency of the requests. When contacting the duty Registrar, lawyers must inform, inter alia, of the following:

(a) when the vessel in question is arriving in Singapore (for arrest) / departing from Singapore (for release); and
(b) whether ALL the requisite legal documents have been electronically filed.

Where necessary, the duty Registrar will inform the lawyers to attend a hearing at an appropriate time having regard to the urgency of the application.

Issuance of Permit to Inspect Vessel and Supply of Copy of Conditions of Sale of Vessel

When a vessel is put up for sale by the Sheriff, a surveyor will be appointed to value the vessel and the sale will be advertised to the public.

The issuance of a permit to inspect the vessel and the supply of the copy of conditions of sale of vessel are services open to the public at large who may have an interest in purchasing the vessel.

For more inquiries or requests for assistance, kindly call 6332 1066 or 6332 4286/7/8.

List of Appraisers (Admiralty)

The Sheriff maintains a List of Appraisers (“List”) for vessels. Please refer to paragraph 130A of the Supreme Court Practice Directions.

If any Appraisers wish to be appointed to the Sheriff’s List of Appraisers, please apply by writing to the “Registrar, Supreme Court”. Please include all relevant information, particulars and details in the application.

Panel of Security Services

The Supreme Court of Singapore had on 25 August 2017 invited suitably qualified security agencies to apply for appointment to a panel of security agencies (the “Panel”) to provide security services for various enforcement actions undertaken by the Sheriff Office/Enforcement Section of the Supreme Court. The Panel has been constituted and will begin operating on 21 September 2017.

The rates for the provision of security services by security agencies appointed on the Panel are as follows:

S/No.

Name of Security Agency

Price per

12 hour block

Price per

24 hour block

Address

Contact Person(s)

Telephone

1.

Armour Security & Investigations Pte Ltd

$280.00

$550.00

23 Woodlands Industrial Park E1, #01-01,

Singapore 757741

Office Tel

6777-7774

Bani / Duty Officer

8328-1334

R.Krish

9741-0064

Sofian Amin

9385-2295

2.

Bulls-Eye Security Services Pte. Ltd.

$300.00

$600.00

510 Geylang Road, #04-04 The Sunflower, Singapore 389466

Office Tel

6844-4234

Parga Singh

9816-1254

3.

Crete Security Services Pte Ltd

$275.00

$550.00

1 Yishun Industrial St 1, #08-36 A'Posh Biz Hub, Singapore 768160

Office Tel

6883-2100

Ops Control Room (24/7)

8500-0239

Paul Nolasco

9116-2444

Florence May Gerundio / Jennifer Arcilla / Muthiah Ganesan

8684-7728

Sujatha D/O Rajamani

9096-8981

4.

Focal Investigation & Security Agency Pte Ltd

$270.00

$540.00

5001 Beach Road, #04-22 Golden Mile Complex, Singapore 199588

Ops Control Room (24/7)

6221-0110

Shaun Lam

9799-7995

Raymond Lee

9128-0120

5.

Frontline Security Pte Ltd

$350.00

$700.00

845 Geylang Road, #04-15 Tanjong Katong Complex, Singapore 400845

Office Tel

6744-4133

Ops Control Room (24/7)

6747-7551

Shashank Mesvani

9022-9768

6.

HORUS I (Private Limited)

$300.00

$600.00

1 Pegu Road, #01-05 Singapore 328358

Office Tel

6256-6526

Edwin Cheong

9889-5543

Steven Chng

8113-6895

Zechariah Clement Lum

8366-7747

7.

Interlock Security And Investigation Services Pte Ltd

$280.00

$560.00

5001 Beach Road, #08-64 Golden Mile Complex, Singapore 600130

Office Tel

6294-6927

Tiwary R.M

9117-9027

Sanjiv Sharma / Sunny

9006-5596


* Note: Names of Security Agencies are arranged in alphabetical and in no order of preference.

The rates for provision of security services are comprehensive and take into account all disbursements except for the launch fees (where a security guard has to be transported to an arrested vessel out in sea e.g. at the point of the initial arrest and/or at shift changes). Launch fees are charged and payable as disbursements.

In Admiralty matters pertaining to the arrest of vessels, the Arresting Party should select the security agency on the Panel and provide the appointed security agency with the details of the impending arrest and make the necessary logistical arrangements to bring the security guard along when executing the arrest. For after-hours arrests, the responsibility remains on the Arresting Party to make the necessary logistical arrangements to bring the security guard from the appointed security agency along when executing the arrest. The Arresting Party should inform the Sheriff’s Office prior to executing the arrest of the vessel, which security agency has been appointed by them. The onus is on the Arresting Party to give the Sheriff’s Office sufficient time and notice to ensure that the Sheriff’s Office can undertake the necessary administrative processes.


Panel of Ship Agent Services

The Supreme Court of Singapore had on 09 October 2018 invited suitably qualified Ship Agents to apply for appointment to a panel of Ship Agents (the “Panel”) to provide services for Vessels under arrest by the Sheriff Office/Enforcement Section of the Supreme Court. We are pleased to inform you that the Panel has been constituted and will begin operating on 01 February 2019.

Under the Panel, the empaneled Ship Agents will charge their own stated rates and the rates are as follows:

S/N

Ship Agent

Monthly / Half-monthly

Daily

Crew Change Handling Fee

Address

Contact persons:-

1

Thome Ship Management Pte Ltd

S$2100

S$70

S$100 per crew

16 Raffles Quay

#43-01

Hong Leong Building

Singapore 048581

Office

6220 7291

Patrick Lee

9622 5164

Tommy Ng

9721 8650

2

Winners Shipmanagement & Agency Services Pte Ltd

S$2500 monthly or part thereof

-

$175 per crew

40 Kian Teck Road

Singapore 628783

Office

6795 1097

Victor Zaw Win Tun

9826 7171

Zulkifli Abdul Rahman

9459 6829

3

Sinoda Shipping Agency

S$2010 monthly

S$67

S$100 per crew

10 Anson Road

#15-01/02/03

International Plaza

Singapore 079903

Office

6227 2711

Captain Ashok Batura

9817 7743

Prakash Nathan

9478 0070

4

Pacmar Shipping Pte Ltd

S$1500 monthly or S$750 half-monthly or part thereof

-

S$55 per crew

8 Shenton Way, Temasek Tower, #38-02

Singapore 068811

Office

6221 3608

Osman Budak

9616 9770

Edita Grapci

9616 2884

5

Leo Shipping Agencies

S$3000 monthly

S$100

S$130 per crew

34 Boon Leat Terrace

#05-13

Singapore 119866

Office

6479 6066

Ambrose Png

9815 4007

Simon Tan

9762 0343


 

Where a Ship Agent is required, parties may select a Ship Agent from the panel. The selected Ship Agency will only be allowed to charge its published rate. Please note that the rate for the provision of ship agent service is comprehensive. In accordance with the prevailing practice, Disbursements e.g. for bunkers, supplies, crew change handling fees, etc will be separately accounted for

Save for the introduction of the Panel, the prevailing process in terms of appointment of ship agents shall remain unchanged. If the party applying for an omnibus order wishes to appoint a particular ship agent to act as the Sheriff’s agent, the party should obtain the Sheriff’s consent and state the agent’s name in the prayer to appoint an agent.

Panel of Appraiser and Auctioneer for Immovable Property

The Supreme Court of Singapore had on 10th May 2019 invited suitably qualified qualified appraiser and/or auctioneer companies (collectively the “Companies”) to apply for appointment to a panel (the “Panel”) to provide appraisal and/or auctioneering services in respect of various enforcement actions against immovable property undertaken by the Enforcement Section of the Supreme Court. The Panel has been constituted and will begin operating on 01st of August 2019.

2          The Panel of Appraisers will comprise of 5 companies. Their details and rates are set in the table as follows:-

S/N

Company

Address

Fees

Contact persons:-

1

Colliers International Consultancy & Valuation (Singapore) Pte Ltd

12 Marina View, #19-02, Asia Square Tower 2, Singapore 018961

Click here for their rates

Office

6223 2323

Stella Seow

9735 4848

Juvena Lim

6531 8673

2

Edmund Tie & Company (SEA) Pte Ltd

5 Shenton Way, #13-05, UIC Building,

Singapore 068808

Click here for their rates

Office

6392 3228

Poh Kwee Eng

9792 2338

3

Knight Frank Pte Ltd

10 Collyer Quay, #08-01, Ocean Financial Centre, Singapore 049315

Click here for their rates

Office

6222 1333

Perry Khoo

6228 6845

4

Robert Khan & Co Pte Ltd

261 Waterloo Street, #04-24, Waterloo Centre, Singapore 180261

Click here for their rates

Office

6333 5668

Eric Mah

6333 5668

5

 

Jones Lang Lasalle Property Consultant Pte Ltd

9 Raffles Place, #39-00, Republic Plaza, Singapore 048619

Click here for their rates

Office

6220 3888

Peh Chee Leong

6494 3621

 

3          The Panel of Auctioneers will comprise of 4 companies. Their details and rates are set in the table as follows: -

S/N

Company

Address

Fees and commission

Contact persons:-

1

Colliers International (Singapore) Pte Ltd

12 Marina View, #19-02, Asia Square Tower 2, Singapore 018961

1% of Sale Price

Office

6531 8584

Steven Tan

9383 3678

2

Edmund Tie & Company (SEA) Pte Ltd

5 Shenton Way, #13-05, UIC Building, Singapore 068808

0.8% of Sale Price

Office

6293 3228

Joy Tan

6393 2505

3

Knight Frank Pte Ltd

10 Collyer Quay, #08-01, Ocean Financial Centre, Singapore 049315

1% of Sale Price

Office

6222 1333

Sharon Lee

6228 6891 / 9686 4449

Ong Huiqi

6228 7302

4

Jones Lang Lasalle Property Consultant Pte Ltd

9 Raffles Place, #39-00, Republic Plaza, Singapore 048619

1-2% of Sale Price

Office

6220 3888

Mok Sze Sze

6494 3866 / 9828 0866

4          In any Writ of Seizure and Sale matters where the Execution Creditor or his representative wishes to appraise and sell the seized immovable property, the Execution Creditor or his representative must select an Appraiser and Auctioneer from the Panel and inform the Sheriff’s office by filing the request via E-litigation. The Sheriff’s office may either accept or reject the Execution Creditor’s request on the appointment of the Appraiser or Auctioneer. The selected Appraiser and Auctioneer must not be from the same company. The Execution Creditor is required to give the Sheriff’s Office sufficient notice in respect of their request to ensure that the Sheriff’s Office can undertake the necessary administrative processes.

Revised Sheriff's Conditions of Sale of a Vessel

The Sheriff's Office of the Supreme Court, Singapore has revised the "Sheriff's Conditions of Sale of a Vessel" ("Revised Conditions") in respect of a Sheriff's sale of a vessel in an admiralty in rem action.

The Revised Conditions of Sale will be in use effective from 25 March 2016.

Please click on this link to access the Revised Conditions of Sale.