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What is a special direction

You may consider applying for a special direction if another party fails to comply with a Community Disputes Resolution Tribunals (CDRT) order made against them.

A special direction is a direction by the CDRT to a party to comply with the order that has been made against them within a specified time. If the party fails to comply with the special direction without a reasonable excuse, they will be guilty of an offence and may be liable on conviction to a fine or imprisonment.

Before you apply

Before you apply, you should consider:

Note
Filing an application for a special direction does not mean that the special direction will be automatically granted.

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

Key facts

Refer to the following to find out about applying for a special direction.

If you are applying for a special direction, you are the applicant.

The other party is the respondent.

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).

What you will need

You should prepare the following before you apply:

  • A copy of the order that was not complied with.
  • The sequence of incidents in chronological order.
    • You will need to provide the date, time and details of each incident where the respondent 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 special direction.

Step

Result

1. Apply for a special direction

Your application for a special direction is filed in CJTS.

2. Serve documents on the other party

The respondent is notified of your intention to apply for a special direction.

3. File a declaration of service

The CDRT receives proof that you have served the application for a special direction on the respondent.

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

Choose your preferred pre-trial conference (PTC) date and time.

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

When: within 14 days of the date of filing the Application for Special Direction.

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

  • Your Application for Special Direction.
  • 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 (DOS) with proof of service after serving the Application for Special Direction 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.

After you file

If the respondent does not agree to your Application for Special Direction, 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 PTC. If both parties are unable to settle their dispute at the PTC, the court may schedule a date for a hearing for the case.

The court will decide on whether to make a special direction at the hearing. If a special direction is made, the court may direct that you serve a copy of the special direction on the respondent.

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 Special Direction and all supporting evidence.
    • (For the respondent) The reply and all supporting evidence.

If the respondent does not comply

If the respondent does not comply with the special direction, you may take any of the following actions under the Community Disputes Resolution Act (CDRA):

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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