In general, the District Court hears civil cases where the value of the claim is between $60,000 and $250,000, or up to $500,000 for road traffic accident claims or claims for personal injuries arising out of industrial accidents.
The District Court can also hear cases where the claimant limits their claim to $250,000.
Respond to a civil claim (simplified civil process) step-by-step
Refer to the following to find out about the simplified civil process and its key features.
Upon receiving a OC
Respond to a OC
Understand the possible ways you can respond to a OC.
Depending on the nature of your case, if you wish to contest the claimant's claim and file a defence, the court may notify the claimant and you to attend a Civil Simplified Case Conference (Civil Simplified CC).
Key features of the simplified civil process include:
The purpose of this rule is to ensure that every party has the fullest possible particulars of the other party’s case at an early stage of the proceedings, in order to facilitate a resolution of the dispute.
Depending on the nature of the case, parties may have to attend a Civil Simplified Case Conference before a judge who will assist them in the management of their case at an early stage of the proceedings.
Every case dealt with at the Civil Simplified CC is encouraged to explore suitable alternative processes to resolve their dispute without going to trial.
If parties are unable to resolve their dispute and their case has to proceed for trial, the court may give directions for a simplified trial.
During a simplified trial, the court may allocate strict time limits for parties to present their case.
Parties are not able to make interlocutory applications for:
Discovery and inspection of documents.
At discovery, parties are expected to reveal to each other documentary evidence that is relevant to the issues in the case. Instead of the parties making applications for discovery, it is the court that will manage these aspects of a case at the Civil Simplified CC along with other interlocutory matters.
Summary judgment and disposal of case on point of law.
The summary judgment procedure, which tends to be drawn out by parties through the sequential filing of affidavits, will no longer apply. Cases which warrant a summary process will be dealt with at the Civil Simplified CC and simplified trial.
Refer to Digest 1 (General overview of the new Rules of Court – what is new?) and Digest 2B (How will case management in the State Courts be different?)