This page describes the trial process for civil cases begun by a Writ of Summons (Writ) and heard in the Magistrate’s Court (non-injury motor accident action and any action for personal injuries), the District Court or the General Division of the High Court.
Refer to Going to court (simplified civil process) instead if either of the following applies to your case:
On the day of your trial, you should:
If you are absent without a valid reason, the judge may proceed with the case in your absence. Depending on the circumstances, your claim may either be dismissed or judgment may be entered against you.
If you are running late, you need to inform the other party that you are on your way and state your estimated time of arrival.
You should bring the following for your trial:
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.