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Supreme Court

The Supreme Court received 15,702 new civil and criminal matters in 2019. 15,041 matters were disposed of in the same corresponding period. The clearance rate for all civil and criminal matters for 2019 was 96%.

Proceedings

No. of cases filed

No. of cases disposed of

Clearance rate

Civil originating
processes

7,921

7,608

96%

Civil interlocutory
applications

6,479

6,107

94%

Appeals before
the High Court

430

451

105%

Appeals before the Court of Appeal

236

247

105%

Applications before the Court of Appeal

199

196

98%

Note: Figures are based on the information compiled as of 17 January 2020.

Proceedings

No. of cases filed

No. of cases disposed of

Clearance rate

Criminal cases

64

58

91%

Criminal motions

80

67

84%

Magistrate's appeals

237

243

103%

Criminal revisions

14

10

71%

Criminal appeals

42

54

129%

Note: Figures are based on the information compiled as of 17 January 2020.

State Courts

There were 249,954 cases filed in State Courts in 2019 and 300,013 cases were disposed of. The clearance rate for 2019 was 120%.

Types of cases

No. of cases filed

No. of cases disposed of

Clearance rate (1)

Criminal cases

196,647

247,658

126%

Civil cases

39,047

38,559

99%

Community Justice and Tribunals cases

14,260

13,796

97%

Total

249,954

300,013

120%

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

Types of cases

No. of cases filed

Criminal charge (2)

48,448

Departmental or statutory board charge and Summons

85,035

Traffic charge and Summons

58,973

Coroner’s Court case

4,125

Magistrate’s Complaint (3)

66

Total

196,647

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

Originating process

Types of cases

No. of cases filed

Writ of Summons (4)

24,028

Originating Summons

633

Total

24,661

Interlocutory application

Types of cases

No. of cases filed

Summons (5)

8,459

Summons for Directions (Order 25 or 37)

4,163

Summary Judgment (Order 14)

174

Total

12,796

Others

Types of cases

No. of cases filed

Taxation

95

Assessment of damages

1,495

Total

1,590

Types of cases

No. of cases filed

Community Disputes Resolution Tribunals (CDRT) claims

108

Employment Claims Tribunals (ECT) claims

1,301

Magistrate's Complaint (3)

1,753

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

171

Small Claims Tribunals (SCT) claims

10,927

Total

14,260

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

Types of cases (6)

No. of cases filed

(Civil) Writs of Summons, Originating Summons

6,814

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

254

Total

7,068

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

Family Justice Courts

Total number of cases handled by the Family Justice Courts is 27,953 for 2019.

Types of applications

No. of cases filed

Fresh applications

1,133

Enforcement of Maintenance Orders

2,290

Variation, rescission or suspension of Maintenance Orders

682

Enforcement of Maintenance of Parents Tribunal Orders

45

Enforcement of Syariah Court Orders

263

Total

4,413

Types of applications

No. of cases filed

Fresh applications for Personal Protection Orders (PPO)

2,460

Variation or rescission of PPO

230

Breach of PPO

15

Total

2,705

Total

6,321

Types of applications

No. of cases filed

Adoption

500

Probate

7,023

Originating Summons

906

Breach of Syariah Court Orders

150

Summons (Family) (7)

4,815

Total

13,394

Types of applications

No. of cases filed

Youth arrest charges

779

Beyond Parental Control (8)

84

Child Protection Orders (8)

257

Youth Summons case or Youth Court Notice (9)

0

Total

1,120

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) Wrongful Dismissal Claims commenced filing at Employment Claims Tribunals on 1 April 2019.

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

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

(8) Refers to number of youths.

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

 


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