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This page describes the pre-trial processes 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 Start a civil claim by Writ of Summons (simplified civil process) or Respond to a civil claim made by a Writ of Summons (simplified civil process) instead if either of the following applies to your case:

  • Civil cases begun by a Writ and heard in the Magistrate's Court (except non-injury motor accident action and any action for personal injuries).
  • Civil cases begun by a Writ and heard in the District Court where all parties consent to the application of the simplified civil process.

Setting down an action for trial

Once all the pre-trial matters have been dealt with and the parties are ready for trial, the case must be set down for trial.

In general, the court will direct the party who filed the claim (the plaintiff) to file the Notice for Setting Down Action for Trial.

What you will need

If you are the plaintiff, you will need to prepare the following before you file:

  • The Notice for Setting Down Action for Trial in accordance with Form 61 of the Rules of Court.
    • You must state the number of days and dates set down for trial in the Notice.
    • (For Magistrate’s Court and District Court cases) If you are intending to set down for 2 days or more trial days, you will have to pay the hearing fees when filing the Notice, unless otherwise ordered by the court.
    • (For General Division of the High Court cases) If you are intending to set down for 4 days or more trial days, you will have to pay the hearing fees when filing the Notice, unless otherwise ordered by the court.
  • A set down bundle to be used by the judge during the trial consisting generally of one copy of each of the following:

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 the documents. You may also refer to Appendix B of the Rules of Court for the full list of court 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

Setting down a cause or matter for hearing or judgment

$200

Filing of the set down bundle

$10

Refer to the following 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 & CrimsonLogic Service Bureau.

Item or service

Fees

Setting down a cause or matter for hearing or judgment

$500

Filing of the set down bundle

$20

Refer to the following 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 & CrimsonLogic Service Bureau.

Item or service

Fees

Setting down a cause or matter for hearing or judgment

$1,000

Filing of the set down bundle

$50

After you file

After you file, you must serve a copy of the Notice for Setting Down an Action for Trial on all parties within 24 hours from the time that the Notice is filed.

For District Court cases, parties will then have to attend a pre-trial conference (PTC) to confirm that all matters are dealt with before the court fixes the trial dates.

In general, for General Division of the High Court cases, parties will proceed to the civil trial.

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.

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Step-by-step guide

File an originating process and pleadings

File a request for a default judgment, if needed

File an interlocutory application, if needed

Set down the action for trial

File an appeal or enforce judgment or order, if needed

Attend court for post-trial matters

2021/10/13

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