Court records refer to the case files and documents filed for court applications.
Examples of court records for civil and family cases may include:
Note: If you wish to apply for court records for a criminal case, find out how to apply.
There are 2 main ways to request court records for a civil or family case:
Apply to inspect court records
If your inspection request is approved, you will be able to view the documents approved for inspection. You may request to print or download the files if you need copies.
Find out more about inspecting court records.
Apply for a certified true copy or copy of a court document
You may request certified true copies or copies of court documents for the purposes stated in the request form.
Find out more about applying for certified true copies or copies.
Not all court documents may be inspected. Subject to the Registrar's approval and payment of the prescribed fee, documents that may be inspected include:
The following documents are generally not open to inspection:
You can apply to inspect court records if you fulfil one of the following criteria:
Note: The Registrar may not approve your request to inspect court records if you are not a party to a case and do not have an adequate or sufficient interest in the case.
You will need to know the case reference or file number to file a request to inspect a court record.
If you do not know the case reference or file number, you will need to conduct a cause book search.
The steps to conduct a cause book search depend on whether your case is an electronic case file in eLitigation or not.
You will need to pay the applicable fees, depending on the type of case.
The time for each search request is about 15 minutes. You will receive the search report on the same day.
Generally, if the case or appeal was filed in the Supreme Court before 2002 (or earlier, depending on the case type), you need to conduct a manual search at the Legal Directorate at Level 2 of the Supreme Court during the operating hours.
You will need to pay $20 per case type per year that you wish to search (according to Appendix B of the Rules of Court). Payment can be done by credit card, NETS or cash card.
For cases that are not in eLitigation, you must submit requests for manual cause book search or file inspection at the Central Registry at Level 2 of the State Courts during the operating hours.
You will need to pay $10 per book or register per year that you wish to search or inspect (according to Appendix B of the Rules of Court). Payment can be done by cash, credit card, as well as NETS and NETS FlashPay.
For probate and adoption cases, if the case was filed in court before 2002, you will need to conduct a manual search at the Legal Registry at Level 4 of the Family Justice Courts at Maxwell Road during the operating hours.
You will need to pay either $10 or $20 per year you wish to search, depending on whether your search is in the State Courts or High Court. Payment can be done by credit card, NETS or cash card.
Any request to inspect will require:
The steps to file a request for inspection depend on whether your case is an electronic case file in eLitigation or not.
If you are not an eLitigation subscriber or represented by a lawyer, visit the LawNet & CrimsonLogic Service Bureau to file in person.
You will need to pay $20 for each case you wish to inspect (according to Appendix B of the Rules of Court). This does not include additional fees payable to the LawNet & CrimsonLogic Service Bureau.
The Service Bureau will notify you via email or SMS of the outcome of your application.
Note: If you are not an eLitigation subscriber but wish to conduct the inspection online, you can leave your mobile number and email address at the Service Bureau when filing the request. If your request is approved, you will receive an authentication token and link to access the documents online.
You may inspect the case files after your application is approved by the Registrar.
Follow these steps to inspect at the Service Bureau:
You will be able to print or download the case files, with additional charges. View the Service Bureau's list of fees.
If you are applying to inspect a case that was not filed in eLitigation, the steps you need to follow depend on the court your case is in.
You will need to pay $20 for each case you wish to inspect (according to Appendix B of the Rules of Court).
You will need to pay $10 for each case you wish to inspect (according to Appendix B of the Rules of Court).
You will be informed via email or phone when you request is approved. You can return to the registry for inspection.
For family cases, how you make the request depends on the year the proceedings were commenced.
When the proceedings were commenced
What to do
Before April 1996
Inquire and make a request at the Supreme Court Legal Directorate
From May 1996 to 2003
Email FJCOURTS_Family_Registry@FJCourts.gov.sg with the following information:
Note: For cases commenced from 2004 onwards, you can request via eLitigation.
Some organisations may require you to submit certified true copies of court documents from civil and family cases.
The steps to apply for certified true copies or copies of court records depend on the type of case.
You will need to explain the intended use of the copies in your request, which is subject to the approval of the Registrar.
Note: This does not include additional fees payable to the LawNet & CrimsonLogic Service Bureau.
If the Registrar approves your request, you can collect the certified true copy or copy at the respective court's registry during the operating hours:
You will be asked to submit a request form for the Registrar's approval.
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You will need to explain the intended use of the copies in your request.
You will need to pay the following fees, according to Appendix B of the Rules of Court:
Item or service
Request for certified true copies
$8 per document and $5 per page
Request for copies of microfilmed case files without certification
$5 per document and $0.15 per page
The registry will inform you via email or phone after your request has been processed. If the Registrar approves your request, you can return to the respective registry to collect the document.
An authentic court order (ACO) is a court order verified to have been issued by a Singapore court.
Court orders that are included in the ACO system can be validated at https://www.courtorders.gov.sg. Currently, these include court orders that are:
Other court orders may be added in future.
If your court order is included in the ACO system:
Follow this step-by-step guide to validate an ACO.
Will anyone be able to access any other person's court order?
An individual will need both of the following to retrieve a document from the ACO portal:
In addition, the CAPTCHA mechanism detects bot "attacks" on the ACO portal. It is very unlikely that a person who has not been given the access code and the case number can randomly "guess" the relevant information to obtain access to a Court order.
Can parties opt out of ACO?
No. The ACO scheme will automatically add the relevant information on eligible court orders. Parties are not able to opt out of ACO.
How do we verify the authenticity of the website?
Users should always ensure that the URL of the site they are using is https://www.courtorders.gov.sg. Users should not accept any other variations of the URL.
Can certified true copies still be obtained?
Certified true copies will still be available upon application.
Why should a person go to the ACO portal if they already has a soft copy of a Court Order?
Retrieving the court order from the ACO portal can provide added confidence that the order can be obtained from the court repository, and was not authored by unauthorised persons.
Will court orders before 2 Jan 2020 be re-issued and added to the ACO?
No. The ACO portal will only have new court orders issued after the start of the system.
If the court order I receive after 2 Jan 2020 does not have a QR Code and access code, does it mean that it is a forgery?
It is possible that the court order in question has not been included in the ACO system. It may still be a genuine court order. You may wish to check with the courts about the matter, or ask for a certified true copy in such a case.
Can I still require parties to produce a certified true copy, even if their court order is an ACO?
Yes, but you should be aware that a certified true copy is less secure than an ACO. It is possible for certified true copies to be forged. When an ACO is available, it can be a better guarantee of authenticity, as you can be sure you are obtaining it directly from the court and that it has not been tampered with.
Must I be a party to a case in order to access the ACO system?
Anyone with a valid access code and corresponding case number can obtain an ACO from the ACO portal.
For more information, refer to the ACO brochure (PDF, 726 KB).
If your request is approved, the authorised representative will need to produce the following to inspect the court documents on your behalf -
If your case was filed via the Community Justice and Tribunals System (CJTS), you may log in to CJTS to access the court documents for your case. If necessary, you may also file an Application for Record of Tribunal or Request for Documents in CJTS. Such applications are subject to the Registrar's approval.
You may file an Application for Record of Tribunal or Request for Documents in CJTS. Such applications will have to be supported with valid grounds (reasons) and are subject to the Registrar's approval.