The case conference is a hearing where the court takes control of, sets timelines and gives directions for the proceedings. Generally, the case conference at the State Courts is conducted by a deputy registrar, who may also refer any matter to a districtjudge.
The case conference is conducted to enhance efficiency and the speed of adjudication, to maintain costs at reasonable levels, and to achieve the over-arching ideals set out in the Rules of Court 2021. The 5 ideals are:
These ideals will also be invoked to guide the court’s exercise of certain powers. In particular, where there is:
The case conference will be scheduled for all originating claims about 7 weeks after a defence has been filed in the action. If necessary, the court may conduct it earlier or later.
Once the case conference is scheduled, the claimant and any other party who has filed a notice of intention to contest or not contest the claim and/or a defence will receive a notice informing them of the date of the case conference.
It is compulsory to attend the case conference.
If you are the claimant and you are absent, the court may dismiss the action.
If you are the defendant and you are absent, the court may give judgment for the claimant, if there is proof that you have been served the originating claim or originating application.
You should bring the following for your case conference:
If you are represented by a lawyer, it is necessary for your lawyer to attend the case conference.
If you have lost your NRIC, work permit or passport and do not have any other photo ID, you can bring documents that support your reasons for not having a photo ID.
For example, you should bring along a police report as evidence of the loss of your NRIC. Alternatively, you can also show correspondences with the relevant agencies such as the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) as evidence of your attempts at obtaining a replacement NRIC or Passport.
The court will take steps to manage your case at the case conference to enhance efficiency and the speed of adjudication, maintain costs at reasonable levels, and to achieve the over-arching ideals set out in the Rules of Court 2021.
The steps taken may differ based on the case conference framework that applies to your case. There are 4 case management frameworks that apply to proceedings in the State Courts.
You will be informed in the notice which of the frameworks apply to your matter. Click the above links to find out more about the frameworks and how the case conference will be conducted under each framework.
The general steps that the court may take include:
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