This page describes the simplified civil process for cases begun by an originating claim (OC) and heard in the Magistrate's Court (excluding non-injury motor accident actions, personal injury claims and negligence claims), or the District Court where all parties consent to the application of the simplified civil process.
Refer to Start a civil claim by originating claim or Respond to a civil claim made by an originating claim instead if either of the following applies to your case:
The Civil Simplified Case Conference (Civil Simplified CC) is central to the simplified civil process. At the Civil Simplified CC, the court will assist the parties to:
For cases heard in the Magistrate's Court, a Civil Simplified CC is generally convened within 7 weeks after the defendant files their defence. The court will notify you in a notice to attend a Civil Simplified CC within 8 days of the filing of the defendant's defence.
For cases heard in the District Court and parties have filed their consent for the simplified civil process to apply to their case, both parties will have to file a request via eLitigation to arrange for a Civil Simplified CC.
Parties must attend every Civil Simplified CC. If one or more of the parties fails to attend the Civil Simplified CC without valid reasons, the court may:
You will not be allowed to adjourn any Civil Simplified CC without valid reasons. For example, the consent of both parties to adjourn a Civil Simplified CC is not considered a sufficient reason for an adjournment.
A Civil Simplified CC is conducted for all cases which the simplified civil process applies to, except for:
NIMA, PI and negligence cases are channelled to the State Courts' Court Dispute Resolution Cluster (CDRC) where experienced judges will assist parties by providing liability indications based on information on the accident given by the parties.
If your claim falls within either of these categories, you may refer to the Pre-action Protocol for Personal Injury Claims and Non-injury Motor Accident Claims (Appendix B of the State Courts Practice Directions 2021), the Guidelines for Court Dispute Resolution Case Conferences for Personal Injury Claims and Non-injury Motor Accident Claims (Appendix C of the State Courts Practice Directions 2021) or the Protocol for Medical Negligence Claims (Appendix E of the State Courts Practice Directions 2021) for more information.You may also click here to find out more about the various types of case conferences in the State Courts and the cases to which they apply