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New Rules of Court 2021

Background

The ROC 2021 were gazetted on 1 December 2021 and will take effect from 1 April 2022. Subject to certain exceptions, the ROC 2021 will apply to all civil proceedings, including appeals, commenced on or after 1 April 2022. 

The ROC 2021 will replace and revoke the Rules of Court (Cap. 322, R 5, 2014 Ed.)(“ROC 2014”). The saving and transitional provisions in ROC 2021 provide, among others, for the ROC 2014 to continue to apply to civil proceedings, including appeals, filed before 1 April 2022.

Reference materials

Table of Derivations

The Table of Derivations is found at the end of the gazetted version of the ROC 2021. The table reflects the equivalent provisions (if any) in the ROC 2021 as compared to the ROC 2014.

The Table of Derivations is provided for the convenience of users of the ROC 2021 and does not form part of the ROC 2021. The table has no legislative effect. 

New Practice Directions

Notice (PDF, 64 KB) is given that a new edition of the Supreme Court Practice Directions, called the Supreme Court Practice Directions 2021, was published on 1 December 2021. The Supreme Court Practice Directions 2021 (PDF, 5419 KB) will come into operation on 1 April 2022, and are to be read with the Rules of Court 2021 (which come into operation on the same date).

Notice (PDF, 183 KB) is given that a new edition of the State Courts Practice Directions, called the State Courts Practice Directions 2021, was published on 2 December 2021.

An updated version of the State Courts Practice Directions 2021 was published on 13 December 2021, with updates to the format of the paragraph numbering and rectifications to erroneous paragraph cross-references.

The State Courts Practice Directions 2021 (PDF, 1600 KB) and accompanying Forms (PDF, 1723 KB) will come into operation on 1 April 2022, and are to be read with the Rules of Court 2021 (which come into operation on the same date).

Digests

The digests summarise the key features of ROC 2021 and highlight the salient processes that court users should take note of. 

Other materials

Singapore International Commercial Court Rules 2021 (SICC Rules 2021)

The SICC Rules 2021 were published in the Gazette on 2 December 2021 and will come into operation on 1 April 2022. 
 
Generally, the SICC Rules 2021 will apply to cases commenced on or after 1 April 2022 in the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC), cases commenced on or after 1 April 2022 in the General Division of the High Court of Singapore that are transferred to the SICC, and appeals and applications filed, on or after 1 April 2022, in the Court of Appeal in relation to a judgment or order of the SICC. Parties may also consent in writing to apply the SICC Rules 2021, with necessary modifications, to cases that would otherwise be governed by the Rules of Court (Cap. 322, R 5, 2014 Ed). Please refer to Order 1 rule 2 of the SICC Rules 2021 for details on the applicability of those Rules.

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