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File a Bill of Costs

If you are the winning party in a case and are entitled to costs to be taxed, you may begin the taxation proceedings by filing a Bill of Costs within 12 months from the date on which the order for costs to be taxed was made.

You will be known as the receiving party.

The losing party who may be required to pay costs to you is the paying party.

Key facts

Refer to the key facts about how to file and serve a Bill of Costs.

When to file

Within 12 months from the date on which the order for costs to be taxed was made.

When to serve

Within 2 days after receiving the notice of the date and time for the taxation hearing.

How to file

Through eLitigation.

What you will need

You will need to prepare the Bill of Costs according to the relevant forms.

How to file

You may choose to file the Bill of Costs personally or through a lawyer. If you are represented by a lawyer, the Bill of Costs will be filed by your lawyer. If you are representing yourself, you must file the documents through eLitigation at the LawNet & CrimsonLogic Service Bureau.

You must follow the Rules of Court and the State Courts 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 Bill of Costs. 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

Fee

File the Bill of Costs

$50

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

Item or service

Fee

File the Bill of Costs

$100

Refer to the following for the 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

Fee

File the Bill of Costs

$300

Refer to the following for the 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

Fee

File the Bill of Costs

$500

After you file

You will be notified by the court of the date and time you will need to attend the taxation hearing.

You must send a copy of the Bill of Costs to the respondent within 2 days after receiving the notice.

If the paying party objects

If the paying party wishes to object to your Bill of Costs, the paying party must file the following documents at least 7 days before the taxation hearing date:

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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Resources

Legislation associated with this topic includes Order 59 of the Rules of Court.

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Related questions

To claim GST, the GST registration number of the party or law firm claiming will have to be indicated when filing the bill of costs via eLitigation.

The court will generally accept documents filed as long as they appear to be in order on the face of the documents.

Objections to non-compliance with timelines for filing can be raised to the registrar at the taxation hearing for the registrar's consideration and determination.

You may ask your solicitor to draw up a bill of costs to be filed in court for taxation.

You may also wish to make inquiries or seek assistance from the Law Society of Singapore.



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