In Singapore, bankruptcy is a legal process involving an individual or firm that is unable to repay any outstanding debt of at least $15,000.
The General Division of the High Court is the only court that hears bankruptcy applications.
Once an individual or firm is declared a bankrupt, their property will be vested in a court-appointed trustee, who will manage the bankrupt's financial affairs.
You can file a bankruptcy application for yourself (for the court to declare yourself a bankrupt), or against another party who owes you money.
A debtor is a party who owes a sum of money to another party, called the creditor.
The Official Assignee is a public servant who may be appointed by the court as the trustee of a bankruptcy estate. This involves managing the bankrupt's financial affairs, which may include selling the bankrupt's assets and distributing the proceeds to the bankrupt's creditors to assist with the settlement of the bankrupt's debt. The Official Assignee is assisted by the officers at the Ministry of Law's Insolvency Office. Find out more about the Official Assignee.
Alternatively, the court may appoint a private trustee to manage a bankrupt's financial affairs in either of these scenarios:
The private trustee has the same duties as the Official Assignee.