The Supreme Court is part of the
court system in Singapore that upholds the law and ensures justice is accessible to all. It has judicial power to hear both criminal and civil matters.
vision, mission and values of the Supreme Court. Types of courts in the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court is made up of the following courts:
Court of Appeal. High Court. Appellate Division of the High Court. General Division of the High Court. Jurisdiction: what the courts can hear
The courts within the Supreme Court deal with the following types of cases:
Court of Appeal All criminal appeals against decisions made by the General Division in the exercise of its original criminal jurisdiction. Prescribed categories of civil appeals and appeals that are made to the Court of Appeal under written law. The prescribed categories of civil appeals are set out in the Sixth Schedule of the Supreme Court of Judicature Act. Appellate Division of the High Court Civil appeals that are not allocated to the Court of Appeal under the Sixth Schedule of the Supreme Court of Judicature Act. Any civil appeals or other processes that any written law provides is to be heard by the Appellate Division. It does not have criminal jurisdiction and does not hear criminal appeals. General Division of the High Court
Both criminal and civil cases commenced in the General Division, which include:
All criminal offences committed in Singapore, including those that are punishable with death or an imprisonment term exceeding 10 years. Civil cases where the value of the claim exceeds $250,000.
Matters which must be commenced in the General Division, which include:
Admiralty matters. Company winding up and other insolvency-related proceedings. Bankruptcy proceedings. Applications for the admission of advocates and solicitors.
Appeals and other matters such as:
Criminal or civil appeals from the State Courts (District Courts and Magistrates’ Courts). Appeals from tribunals. Criminal revisions of State Courts decisions. Cases under the specialised lists. Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC)
International commercial disputes, such as:
Cases may be commenced in the SICC or transferred from the General Division to the SICC.
Specialised lists in the General Division of the High Court
Specialised lists have been set up in the General Division. These specialised lists apply to cases in the General Division of the High Court other than those in the SICC. Each specialised list comprises docketed Judges, and a team of Assistant Registrars who manages the cases in consultation with the docketed Judges as appropriate. SICC cases are international and commercial cases managed by the SICC’s specialist judges and supported by the Assistant Registrars in the SICC Divisional Registry.
The docketed Judges on the specialised lists in the General Division comprise the following:
Building and construction, shipbuilding, complex and technical cases
Justice Philip Jeyaretnam Justice Lee Seiu Kin Justice Vinodh Coomaraswamy Justice Tan Siong Thye Justice Ang Cheng Hock Justice Vincent Hoong Justice S. Mohan Justice Andre Maniam Justice Kwek Mean Luck
Finance, securities, banking, complex commercial cases
Justice Ang Cheng Hock Justice Andre Maniam Justice Vinodh Coomaraswamy Justice See Kee Oon Justice Aedit Abdullah Justice Dedar Singh Gill Justice S. Mohan Justice Philip Jeyaretnam Justice Kwek Mean Luck Judicial Commissioner Goh Yihan
Company, insolvency and trusts
Shipping and insurance
Justice S. Mohan Justice Chua Lee Ming Justice Pang Khang Chau Justice Ang Cheng Hock Justice Vincent Hoong Justice Kwek Mean Luck Note: Refer to the Admiralty Court Guide for more information on the case management features and specialist procedures for admiralty cases in Singapore. This supplements the Rules of Court.
Defamation, professional negligence, statutory tort Justice Choo Han Teck Justice Tan Siong Thye Justice Valerie Thean Justice Vincent Hoong Justice Dedar Singh Gill Justice Mavis Chionh Justice S. Mohan Judicial Commissioner Goh Yihan Medical negligence Justice Choo Han Teck Justice Tan Siong Thye Justice Mavis Chionh Justice S. Mohan Justice Philip Jeyaretnam Justice Kwek Mean Luck Judicial Commissioner Goh Yihan
Intellectual property or information technology
Justice Dedar Singh Gill Justice Lee Seiu Kin Justice Valerie Thean Justice Hoo Sheau Peng Justice Aedit Abdullah Justice Dedar Singh Gill Justice Mavis Chionh Justice Andre Maniam Judicial Commissioner Goh Yihan Note: Refer to the Intellectual Property Court guide for more information on the Intellectual Property (IP) Court's case management features and specialist practices. This applies to all cases under the IP Court. This supplements the Rules of Court and the Supreme Court Practice Directions.
Justice Choo Han Teck Justice Aedit Abdullah Justice Mavis Chionh
Public law and judicial review
Justice See Kee Oon Justice Chua Lee Ming Justice Kannan Ramesh Justice Valerie Thean Justice Hoo Sheau Peng Justice Aedit Abdullah Justice Audrey Lim Justice Ang Cheng Hock Justice Dedar Singh Gill