In a civil case, the court may make an order or judgment in favour of a party (the judgment creditor). The party against whom the order or judgment is made is the judgment debtor.
If you are the judgment creditor obtaining a judgment for the payment of a sum of money in a court of law outside of Singapore (foreign jurisdiction) specified in the Reciprocal Enforcement of Commonwealth Judgments Act (RECJA) or the Reciprocal Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act (REFJA), you will have to register the foreign judgment in the High Court before you can enforce it.
You can register the foreign judgment by filing an ex parte Originating Summons (OS) prepared in accordance with Form 5 of the Rules of Court (Cap. 322, R5, 2014 Rev Ed) (ROC 2014).
Your summons must be supported by an affidavit. The affidavit should contain the following information:
Find out how to prepare an affidavit.
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 ROC 2014 and the Supreme Court Practice Directions 2013 to prepare your documents before heading down personally to do the filing.
Refer to Appendix B of the ROC 2014 to find out the fees for filing an OS and affidavit.
You will be notified of the outcome of your registration via a Registrar's Direction.
If your application is successful, you will have to extract the Order of Registration at the LawNet & CrimsonLogic Service Bureau. You are then required to serve the following on the judgment debtor:
The Notice of Registration must state:
You may only execute a registered foreign judgment after the expiry of the period allowed for the judgment debtor to set aside the registration.
If the judgment debtor chooses to apply to set aside the registration of the foreign judgment, you will only be able to execute the foreign judgment after the final determination of the matter.
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