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Supreme Court

The Supreme Court received a total of 14,780 new civil and criminal matters in 2018. A total of 14,359 matters were disposed of in the same corresponding period. The clearance rate for all civil and criminal matters for 2018 was 97%. The following table shows the breakdown of the filing and disposal and clearance rates of the civil and criminal proceedings for 2018.

Proceedings

No. of cases filed

No. of cases disposed of

Clearance rate

Civil originating
processes

7,334

7,124

97%

Civil interlocutory
applications

6,089

5,895

97%

Appeals before
the High Court

416

404

97%

Appeals before the Court of Appeal

235

239

102%

Applications before the Court of Appeal

182

170

93%

Note: Figures are based on the information compiled as of 21 January 2019.

Proceedings

No. of cases filed

No. of cases disposed of

Clearance rate

Criminal cases

88

70

80%

Criminal motions

86

98

114%

Magistrate's appeals

288

291

101%

Criminal revisions

11

11

100%

Criminal appeals

51

57

112%

Note: Figures are based on the information compiled as of 21 January 2019.

State Courts

There were 359,064 cases filed in State Courts in 2018 and 371,088 cases were disposed of. The clearance rate for 2018 was 103%.

Types of cases

No. of cases filed

No. of cases disposed of

Clearance rate (1)

Criminal cases

303,487

317,203

105%

Civil cases

41,350

40,214

97%

Community Justice and Tribunals cases

14,047

13,671

97%

Total

359,064

371,088

103%

Note: The figures are accurate at the time of publishing. 

Types of cases

No. of cases filed

Criminal charge (2)

57,249

Departmental or statutory board charge and Summons

181,839

Traffic charge and Summons

60,230

Coroner’s Court case

4,106

Magistrate’s complaint (3)

63

Total

303,487

Note: The figures are accurate at the time of publishing. 

Originating process

Types of cases

No. of cases filed

Writ of Summons

25,971

Originating Summons

671

Total

26,642

Interlocutory application

Types of cases

No. of cases filed

Summons (4)

9,007

Summons for Directions (Order 25 or 37)

3,875

Summary Judgment (Order 14)

173

Total

13,055

Others

Types of cases

No. of cases filed

Taxation

106

Assessment of damages

1,727

Total

1,833

Note: The figures are accurate at the time of publishing.

Types of cases

No. of cases filed

Community Dispute Resolution Tribunals (CDRT) claims

108

Employment Claims Tribunals (ECT) claims

915

Magistrate's Complaint (3)

1,785

Protection from Harassment Act, Originating Summons – Application for Protection Order or Non-Publication Order

150

Small Claims Tribunals (SCT) claims

11,089

Total

14,047

Note: The figures are accurate at the time of publishing. 

Types of cases (5)

No. of cases filed

(Civil) Writs of Summons, Originating Summons

6,601

(Community) Originating Summons – Applications for Protection Order or Non-Publication Order, Community Disputes Resolution Tribunals (CDRT) claims, Magistrate’s Complaint

296

Total

6,897

Note: The figures are accurate at the time of publishing. 

Family Justice Courts

Total number of cases handled by the Family Justice Courts is 27,494 for 2018.

Types of applications

No. of cases filed

Fresh applications

1,208

Enforcement of Maintenance Orders

2,422

Variation, rescission or suspension of Maintenance Orders

765

Enforcement of Maintenance of Parents Tribunal Orders

19

Enforcement of Syariah Court Orders

298

Total

4,712

Types of applications

No. of cases filed

Fresh applications for Personal Protection Orders (PPO)

2,486

Variation or rescission of PPO

198

Breach of PPO

23

Total

2,707

Total

5,977

Types of applications

No. of cases filed

Adoption

429

Probate

6,590

Originating Summons

889

Breach of Syariah Court Orders

155

Summons (Family) (6)

4,971

Total

13,034

Types of applications

No. of cases filed

Youth arrest charges

589

Beyond Parental Control (7)

114

Child Protection Orders (7)

293

Youth Summons case or Youth Court Notice (8)

68

Total

1,064

 

Footnotes

(1) Clearance rate is the number of cases disposed of expressed as a percentage of the number of cases filed in the same year. The clearance rate can exceed 100% as those disposed of are not necessarily a subset of the filings in that year.

(2) Includes District arrest charges, Magistrates’ arrest charges and other types of charges.

(3) Non-relational Magistrate’s Complaints are counted as criminal cases. Relational Magistrate’s Complaints are counted under Community Justice and Tribunals cases.

(4) Excludes Summons for Directions (Order 25/37).

(5) Refers to fresh cases handled by the Court Dispute Resolution cluster.

(6) Includes Divorce, Originating Summons (Family), Probate and Adoption Summonses.

(7) Refers to number of youths.

(8) Formerly refers to Police Summonses or Summonses and Tickets, and other charges.


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