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Registrar's Circular No. 2 2020

As part of our efforts to put in place measures to ensure the continuity of the courts’ functions, to reduce the need for physical attendance in court, the State Courts Centre for Dispute Resolution (“SCCDR”) will be introducing asynchronous Court Dispute Resolution hearings by email (“aCDR”) for all hearings at the SCCDR except mediation sessions for civil cases and Magistrate’s Complaints.

2 The aCDR pilot will take effect from Monday, 16 March 2020 and apply to all CDR hearings fixed on or after 16 March 2020.

3 The detailed aCDR process, which is conducted pursuant to Order 34A of the Rules of Court (Cap. 322, R 5), is set out in the Annex.

4 It is expected that the new aCDR process will need to be refined and updated progressively during the pilot to enhance its efficacy and effectiveness.

5 Any feedback on the aCDR process may be sent to the SCCDR by email at

Dated this 5th day of March 2020.

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Registrar's Circular No. 2 2020


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