Translation Services

With effect from 1 January 2015, the Supreme Court provides translation services only for documents to be used in Supreme Court proceedings. Translation services for documents for private use are no longer available.

Translation services are available for court-related documents in the four official languages, namely English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. All requests should be made at least 4 weeks before the date the translated documents are required. Case reference numbers must be provided at the time of request.

Law firms may request for translation services by completing this E-Form and attaching the documents for translation. Each document to be attached to an E-Form should not exceed 1.5 MB. No more than 5 documents should be attached at any one time. Please submit a separate E-Form if you have more than 5 documents to be translated. The E-Form is for use by law firms only.

Litigants-in-person with documents to be translated for use in Supreme Court proceedings are requested to directly contact the respective Head Interpreters at the following numbers:

Head Interpreter (Chinese):         6557 7637

Head Interpreter (Indian):            6332 3930

Head Interpreter (Malay):            6332 3970

Please note that the remark “Original not produced” will be annotated on every set of translation produced if only a photocopy of the source document for translation is provided.

The Supreme Court may decline any translation request, either because specialised technical terms are used in the source document, or for any other reason. 

The fee payable for a certified translation by an interpreter of the Supreme Court has been revised to $45 per page or part thereof with effect from 1 October 2016.

Collection of Translated Documents:

Applicants will be informed by email/phone when the translation is ready for collection.

Payment must be made at the Cashier’s Counter in the Legal Registry on Level 2 of the Supreme Court Building before the translation can be collected.

Applicants are required to produce a print-out of the completed E-Form bearing the service request number at the time of collection.