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Supreme Court

The Supreme Court received 13,839 new civil and criminal matters in 2020. 13,317 matters were disposed of in the same corresponding period. The clearance rate for all civil and criminal matters for 2020 was 96%.

Proceedings

No. of cases filed

No. of cases disposed of

Clearance rate

Civil originating
processes

6,839

6,420

94%

Civil interlocutory
applications

5,743

5,633

98%

Appeals before
the High Court

410

377

92%

Appeals before the Court of Appeal

213

243

114%

Applications before the Court of Appeal

183

185

101%

Note: Figures are based on the information compiled as of 18 January 2021.

Proceedings

No. of cases filed

No. of cases disposed of

Clearance rate

Criminal cases

40

73

183%

Criminal motions before the High Court

83

69

83%

Magistrate's appeals

236

235

100%

Criminal revisions

10

13

130%

Criminal appeals

44

38

86%

Criminal motions before the Court of Appeal

38

31

82%

Note: Figures are based on the information compiled as of 18 January 2021.

State Courts

There were 187,016 cases filed in State Courts in 2020 and 202,457 matters were disposed of. The clearance rate for 2020 was 108%.

Types of cases

No. of cases filed

No. of cases disposed of

Clearance rate (1)

Criminal cases

143,728

156,129

109%

Civil cases

31,189

33,193

106%

Community Justice and Tribunals cases

12,099

13,135

109%

Total

187,016

202,457

108%

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

Types of cases

No. of cases filed

Criminal charge (2)

38,324

Departmental or statutory board charge and Summons

53,188

Traffic charge and Summons

47,982

Coroner’s Court case

4,219

Magistrate’s Complaint (3)

15

Total

143,728

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

Originating process

Types of cases

No. of cases filed

Writ of Summons (4)

18,282

Originating Summons

549

Total

18,831

Interlocutory application

Types of cases

No. of cases filed

Summons

7,028

Summons for Directions (Order 25 or 37)

3,552

Summary Judgment (Order 14)

140

Total

10,720

Others

Types of cases

No. of cases filed

Taxation

102

Assessment of damages

1,536

Total

1,638

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

Types of cases

No. of cases filed

Community Disputes Resolution Tribunals (CDRT) claims

211

Employment Claims Tribunals (ECT) claims

1,453

Magistrate's Complaint

1,380

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

153

Small Claims Tribunals (SCT) claims

8,902

Total

12,099

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

Types of cases (5)

No. of cases filed

(Civil) Writs of Summons, Originating Summons

5,085

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

349

Total

5,434

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

Family Justice Courts

Total number of cases handled by the Family Justice Courts is 25,633 (6) for 2020.

Types of applications

No. of cases filed

Fresh applications

831

Enforcement of Maintenance Orders

1,650

Variation, rescission or suspension of Maintenance Orders

556

Enforcement of Maintenance of Parents Tribunal Orders

11

Enforcement of Syariah Court Orders

150

Total

3,198

Types of applications

No. of cases filed

Fresh applications for Personal Protection Orders (PPO)

2,248

Variation or rescission of PPO

208

Breach of PPO

26

Total

2,482

Total

6,016

Types of applications

No. of cases filed

Adoption

342

Probate

7,006

Originating Summons

806

Breach of Syariah Court Orders

131

Summons (Family) (7)

4,512

Total

12,797

Types of applications

No. of cases filed

Youth arrest charges

825

Beyond Parental Control (8)

38

Child Protection Orders (8)

255

Youth Summons case or Youth Court Notice (9)

22

Total

1,140

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) Figures for 2020 are subject to revision.

(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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