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 plaintiff 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 Writ
Respond to a Writ
Understand the possible ways you can respond to a Writ.
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 CMC before a judge who will assist them in the management of their case at an early stage of the proceedings.
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. The court will manage these aspects of a case at the CMC along with other interlocutory matters.
Interrogatories are formal questions posed by one party which the other party must answer under oath. The court will manage these aspects of a case at the CMC 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 CMC and simplified trial.