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Before you file

If you are filing the Writ of Seizure and Sale (WSS), you are the judgment creditor.

The other party is the judgment debtor.

Before you file a WSS, make sure you:

What you will need

You should prepare the following before you file:

  • A hard copy of the order or judgment.
  • (If you are filing a WSS for movable property) The WSS in accordance with Form 82 of the Rules of Court.
  • (If you are filing a WSS for immovable property) The WSS in accordance with Form 83 of the Rules of Court.
  • The undertaking, declaration and indemnity form in accordance with Form 87 of the Rules of Court.
  • A hard copy of the order granting a leave of court (permission of the court) to file a WSS (if applicable).

How to file

You may choose to file the documents personally or through a lawyer. If you are represented by a lawyer, the documents will be filed by your lawyer.

If you are representing yourself, you must file the documents through eLitigation at the LawNet and CrimsonLogic Service Bureau.

You must follow the Rules of Court and the State Court Practice Directions or the Supreme Court Practice Directions to prepare your documents before heading down personally to do the filing.

Estimated fees

Refer to the following to find out the possible fees for filing and executing a WSS. You may also refer to Appendix B of the Rules of Court for the full list of court fees.

Filing fees

In addition to the fees listed in the table, there are also other fees payable to the LawNet &CrimsonLogic Service Bureau.

Item or service

Fees

File a WSS

$60

Submission of the Undertaking, Declaration and Indemnity Form

$10

Submission of a copy of the Order of Tribunal

$10

Request for a date to be appointed for execution

$50 (filed in Magistrate’s Court)

$100 (filed in District Court)

Note
You will have to ensure that your submissions are free of administrative or clerical errors to avoid rejection.

 

If your documents are rejected after filing due to errors, you may be charged rejection fees under the Rules of Court.

Execution fees

Refer to the following for possible expenses you may incur when executing the WSS.

Item or service

Fees

Deposit

Minimum $400

Bailiff's attendance

$50 per hour or part thereof

Court commission

To be informed by the State Courts Bailiffs Section

Locksmith charges (for forced entry, if necessary)

Market rate

Transport expenses

Market rate

Auxiliary police charges

Market rate

If you decide not to continue with the execution of the WSS after filing, you will not be able to:

  • Get a refund of the filing fees.
  • Claim the filing fees or other expenses from the judgment debtor.

Filing fees

In addition to the fees listed in the table, there are also other fees payable to the LawNet & CrimsonLogic Service Bureau.

Item or service

Fees

File a WSS

$155

Submission of the Undertaking, Declaration and Indemnity Form

$10

Request for a date to be appointed for execution

$50

Note
You will have to ensure that your submissions are free of administrative or clerical errors to avoid rejection.

 

If your documents are rejected after filing due to errors, rejection fees under the Rules of Court will be charged.

Execution fees

Refer to the following for possible expenses you may incur when executing the WSS.

Item or service

Fees

Deposit

Minimum $400

Bailiff's attendance

$50 per hour or part thereof

Court commission

To be informed by the State Courts Bailiffs Section

Locksmith charges (for forced entry, if necessary)

Market rate

Transport expenses

Market rate

Auxiliary police charges

Market rate

If you decide not to continue with the execution of the WSS after filing, you will not be able to:

  • Get a refund of the filing fees.
  • Claim the filing fees or other expenses from the judgment debtor.

Filing fees

In addition to the fees listed in the table, there are also other fees payable to the LawNet & CrimsonLogic Service Bureau.

Item or service

Fees

File a WSS

$270

Submission of the Undertaking, Declaration and Indemnity Form

$10

Request for a date to be appointed for execution

$100

Note
You will have to ensure that your submissions are free of administrative or clerical errors to avoid rejection.

 

If your documents are rejected after filing due to errors, rejection fees under the Rules of Court will be charged.

Execution fees

Refer to the following for possible expenses you may incur when executing the WSS.

Item or service

Fees

Deposit

Minimum $400

Bailiff's attendance

$50 per hour or part thereof

Court commission

To be informed by the State Courts Bailiffs Section

Locksmith charges (for forced entry, if necessary)

Market rate

Transport expenses

Market rate

Auxiliary police charges

Market rate

If you decide not to continue with the execution of the WSS after filing, you will not be able to:

  • Get a refund of the filing fees.
  • Claim the filing fees or other expenses from the judgment debtor.

Filing fees

Refer to the table for the filing fees if your claim is up to $1 million. In addition to the fees listed in the table, there are also other fees payable to the LawNet and CrimsonLogic Service Bureau.

Item or service

Fees

File a WSS

$500

Submission of the Undertaking, Declaration and Indemnity Form

$20

Request for a date to be appointed for execution

$100

Refer to the table for the filing fees if your claim is more than $1 million. In addition to the fees listed in the table, there are also other fees payable to the LawNet and CrimsonLogic Service Bureau.

Item or service

Fees

File a WSS

$1,000

Submission of the Undertaking, Declaration and Indemnity Form

$50

Request for a date to be appointed for execution

$200

Note
You will have to ensure that your submissions are free of administrative or clerical errors to avoid rejection.

 

If your documents are rejected after filing due to errors, rejection fees under the Rules of Court will be charged.

Execution fees

Refer to the following for possible expenses you may incur when executing the WSS.

Item or service

Fees

Deposit

  • (For claims up to $1 million) $2000
  • (For claims more than $1 million) $10,000

Note: If the deposit is not sufficient to cover the cost of execution, a letter will be sent at the end of execution for top-up payments.

Bailiff's attendance

(9.00 am - 5.00 pm on weekdays, excluding public holidays)

  • (For claims up to $1 million) $50 per hour or part thereof
  • (For claims more than $1 million) $100 per hour or part thereof

Note: Fees will be doubled if the execution exceeds or is done after office hours stated.

Court commission (seizing of items)

Minimum $50

Note
You will have to arrange for a locksmith, transportation and security at your own costs.

If you decide not to continue with the execution of the WSS after filing, you will not be able to:

  • Get a refund of the filing fees.
  • Claim the filing fees or other expenses from the judgment debtor.

After you file

If your documents are accepted, the court will inform you by an appointment letter of the date on which the WSS will be executed.

You will be the execution creditor and the other party is the execution debtor.

If you do not receive the appointment letter within 3 weeks after filing your documents, you may contact the Sheriff's Office (for General Division of the High Court cases) or the Bailiffs Section (for District Court, Magistrate's Court and tribunals cases).

Validity of a WSS

A WSS is valid in the first instance for 12 months beginning from the date of issue.

If the WSS has not been fully executed (if the sale of all the seized property has not been completed), you may apply to renew the WSS via eLitigation.

If successful, the court may renew the WSS for up to 12 months.

Go to Step-by-step guide

Step-by-step guide

File a Writ of Seizure and Sale

Be present on the day of seizure

Auction sale of the judgment debtor's items

2021/07/23

Need help?

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

Resources

Refer to:

For State Courts: the Writ of Seizure and Sale video.

Legislation associated with this topic include Order 45 to 47 of the Rules of Court.
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