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If a party fails to comply

If a party fails to comply with a Community Disputes Resolution Tribunals (CDRT) order made against them (the contravening party), you may consider applying for a special direction.

You may also apply for a third party to enter into a compliance bond to ensure that the contravening party complies with the special direction.

Note
The application for a third party to enter into a compliance bond may be filed either after or at the same time as the application for a special direction.

Special directions and compliance bonds

The court may decide on any of the following during the hearing of a party's application for a special direction and for a third party to enter into a compliance bond:

  • Make a special direction.
  • Order the third party to enter into a bond to ensure that the contravening party complies with that special direction.
    • The third party will have to pay a bond amount decided by the court.
  • Impose conditions on or give directions to the third party, as part of the bond as the court deems fit, for the purpose of ensuring that the contravening party complies with the special direction.

If the third party does not comply

If the third party does not comply with a court order to enter into a bond, they will be committing an offence and may be liable on conviction to a fine of up to $2,000.

If the contravening party does not comply

If the contravening party fails to comply with the special direction, the CDRT will arrange for the third party to show cause (provide sufficient explanation) why their bond should not be forfeited.

If cause is shown (for example, if the third party can provide sufficient reasons), the bond may not be forfeited in full.

If cause is not shown, the bond will be forfeited in full.

Key facts

Refer to the following to find out how to apply for a person to enter into a compliance bond.

If you are making the application, you are the applicant.

The third party you wish to enter into the compliance bond is the respondent.

When to file

At the same time or after the application for a special direction.

When to serve

Within 14 days after the date your application was made.

Filing fee

$100

How to file

Through the Community Justice and Tribunals System (CJTS).

Before you apply

Before you apply, you should consider:

  • Whether there is a need for a third party to be bonded to ensure that the defaulting party complies with the special direction.
  • Who the third party to be bonded should be.
  • Why the third party should be bonded.
Note
Filing an application for a third party to enter into a compliance bond does not mean that the order will be automatically granted.

After filing an application, both you and the third party will have to attend a pre-trial conference (PTC) and hearing (if applicable) where the court will then decide if the order should be made.

What you will need

You should prepare the following before you apply:

  • Your special direction application number.
  • The sequence of incidents in chronological order.
    • You will need to provide the date, time and details of each incident where the defaulting party did not comply with the CDRT order in CJTS.
    • You may refer to the sample information for filing guide (PDF, 315 KB) for instructions.
  • A soft copy of the evidence to be provided in support of your application in PDF format.
  • A soft copy of other supporting documents in PDF format.
    • All supporting documents submitted must be in the English language. Otherwise, a certified translation for the documents must be provided.

How to file and serve

You will need to follow these steps to apply for a third party to enter into a compliance bond.

Step

Result

1. Apply for compliance bond

Your application for compliance bond is filed in CJTS.

2. Serve documents on the other party

The respondent is notified of your intention to apply for a compliance bond.

3. File a declaration of service

The CDRT receives proof that you have served the application for compliance on the respondent.

When: at the same time or after the application for a special direction.

Log in to CJTS. Under the Online Applications tab, select Application for Compliance Bond and follow the instructions to fill in the required information.

Choose your preferred pre-trial conference (PTC) date and time. A Notice of Pre-trial Conference stating the date and time to attend the PTC at the CDRT will be issued via CJTS.

Print a copy of the Application for Compliance Bond and the Notice of Pre-trial Conference. You will have to serve the documents with a copy of all evidence filed in CJTS in support of the application on the respondent within 14 days after the date the application was filed.

When: within 14 days of the date of filing the application

You will have to serve a copy of the following on the respondent:

  • Your Application for Compliance Bond.
  • The Notice of Pre-trial Conference.
  • The evidence you submitted to the CDRT.

You can serve the documents through one of the following ways:

Service method

What it is

Personal service

Delivering hard copies of the documents personally to the respondent.

Registered post

Sending hard copies of the documents in an envelope to the last known residential or registered address of the respondent.

CJTS

Submitting soft copies of the documents to the respondent through CJTS.

Others

Delivering the documents by any means as directed by the CDRT.

When: within 8 days of the date of serving the documents on the respondent.

You must file a declaration of service with proof of service after serving the application on the respondent.

Example
Examples of proof of service include a Singpost registered post slip or a form signed by the respondent to acknowledge they have received the documents from you.

Log in CJTS. Under the Online Applications tab, select Declaration of Service and follow the instructions.

For detailed instructions, refer to the CJTS user guide for filing neighbour disputes (PDF, 3297 KB).

After you file

If the respondent does not agree to your application, the respondent may file a Reply with supporting evidence in CJTS and serve a copy on you within 14 days after being served with the application.

Both you and the respondent must attend the PTC on the date and time specified in the Notice of Pre-trial Conference. If both parties are unable to settle their dispute at the PTC, the court may schedule a date for a hearing for the case.

Note
If you have not attended your special direction hearing, the court may fix the date of your compliance bond hearing to be held on the same date as your Application for Special Direction hearing.

The court will decide on whether to make a bond order at the hearing. If a bond order is made, the CDRT will prepare the bond immediately after the hearing. The respondent will then sign the bond.

You will need to bring along the following documents for your PTC or hearing:

  • Your personal identification documents
    • (For Singapore citizens or permanent residents) National Registration Identity Card (NRIC) or passport.
    • (For foreign citizens) Passport and employment pass.
  • A set of the documents uploaded onto CJTS.
    • The Notice of Pre-trial Conference.
    • The Notice of Hearing (if applicable).
    • (For the plaintiff) The Application for Compliance Bond and all supporting evidence.
    • (For the respondent) The Reply and all supporting evidence.

Need help?

The information here is for general guidance as the courts do not provide legal advice. If you need further help, you may want to get independent legal advice.

Find out more

Resources

Refer to the Guide to Neighbour Dispute Claims (PDF, 4099 KB).
Refer to Paragraph 141 and 141A of the State Courts Practice Directions for community dispute resolution.
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2021/07/23

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