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Role of the Supreme Court

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.

View the 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:

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 High Court (General Division)

Specialised lists have been set up in the General Division. These specialised lists apply to cases in the General Division other than those in the SICC, which are international and commercial disputes managed by its own specialist judges.

The specialised lists in the General Division comprise the following:

  • Judge of the Appellate Division Justice Quentin Loh
  • Justice Lee Seiu Kin
  • Justice Chan Seng Onn
  • Justice Vinodh Coomaraswamy
  • Justice Tan Siong Thye
  • Justice Ang Cheng Hock
  • Justice Vincent Hoong
  • Justice S. Mohan
  • Justice Andre Maniam
  • Justice Philip Jeyaretnam
  • Judicial Commissioner Kwek Mean Luck
  • Justice Vinodh Coomaraswamy
  • Justice See Kee Oon
  • Justice Aedit Abdullah
  • Justice Ang Cheng Hock
  • Justice Dedar Singh Gill
  • Justice S. Mohan
  • Justice Andre Maniam
  • Justice Philip Jeyaretnam
  • Judicial Commissioner Kwek Mean Luck
  • Justice Vinodh Coomaraswamy
  • Justice Kannan Ramesh
  • Justice Aedit Abdullah
  • Justice Chua Lee Ming
  • Justice Valerie Thean
  • Justice Hoo Sheau Peng
  • Justice Pang Khang Chau
  • Justice Audrey Lim
  • Justice Ang Cheng Hock
  • Justice Vincent Hoong
  • Justice Mavis Chionh
  • Justice Philip Jeyaretnam

Note: Refer to the Guide for the Conduct of Companies, Insolvency, Equity and Trust, and Arbitration suits for more information on the case management features and specialist practices developed by the Supreme Court in the management of cases relating to companies, insolvency, equity and trust. These supplement the Rules of Court and the Supreme Court Practice Directions.

  • Justice of the Court of Appeal Justice Judith Prakash
  • Justice Vinodh Coomaraswamy
  • Justice Chua Lee Ming
  • Justice Kannan Ramesh
  • Justice Ang Cheng Hock
  • Justice S. Mohan
  • Justice Andre Maniam
  • Justice Philip Jeyaretnam

Note: Refer to the Guide for the Conduct of Companies, Insolvency, Equity and Trust, and Arbitration suits and the Guide for the Conduct of Arbitration Originating Summons for more information on the case management features and specialist practices developed by the Supreme Court in the management of cases relating to arbitration. These supplement the Rules of Court and the Supreme Court Practice Directions.

  • Justice of the Court of Appeal Justice Steven Chong
  • Justice Chua Lee Ming
  • Justice Pang Khang Chau
  • Justice Ang Cheng Hock
  • Justice Vincent Hoong
  • Justice S. Mohan
  • Judicial Commissioner 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 Pang Khang Chau
  • Justice Audrey Lim
  • Justice Vincent Hoong
  • Justice Dedar Singh Gill
  • Justice Mavis Chionh
  • Justice S. Mohan
  • Judicial Commissioner Kwek Mean Luck

Medical negligence

  • Justice Choo Han Teck
  • Justice Tan Siong Thye
  • Justice Mavis Chionh
  • Justice S. Mohan
  • Justice Philip Jeyaretnam
  • Judicial Commissioner Kwek Mean Luck
  • Justice Dedar Singh Gill
  • Justice Lee Seiu Kin
  • Justice Chan Seng Onn
  • Justice Valerie Thean
  • Justice Hoo Sheau Peng
  • Justice Aedit Abdullah
  • Justice Mavis Chionh
  • Justice Andre Maniam
  • Judicial Commissioner Kwek Mean Luck

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
  • 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


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