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Supreme Court

The Supreme Court received 14,026 new civil and criminal matters in 2021. 14,710 matters were disposed of in the same corresponding period. The clearance rate for all civil and criminal matters for 2021 was 105%.

The following table shows the number of cases filed, the number of cases disposed of, and the clearance rate, in 2021 for each type of civil proceedings and criminal proceedings (based on the information compiled as at 17 January 2022).

Proceedings

No. of cases filed

No. of cases disposed of

Clearance rate

Civil Originating
Processes

6,716

7,587

113%

Civil Interlocutory
Applications

5,956

5,791

97%

Appeals before
the General Division of the High Court

421

412

98%

Appeals before the Appellate Division of the High Court1385943%
Applications before the Appellate Division of the High Court
1038078%

Appeals before the Court of Appeal

72

168

233%

Applications before the Court of Appeal

132

128

97%

Proceedings

No. of cases filed

No. of cases disposed of

Clearance rate

Criminal Cases

69

68

99%

Criminal Motions before the General Division of the High Court

116

121

104%

Magistrate's Appeals

226

203

90%

Criminal Revisions

11

13

118%

Criminal Appeals

31

41

132%

Criminal Motions before the Court of Appeal

35

39

111%

* The Appellate Division ("AD") came into operation on 2 January 2021. Appeals are ready for hearing after the record of proceedings are prepared and appeal papers are filed. The first hearing of an AD appeal took place in May 2021. The Judges of the AD continued to sit in the Court of Appeal for a significant part of 2021.

State Courts

There were 190,966 cases filed in State Courts in 2021 and 210,733 cases were disposed of. The clearance rate for 2021 was 110%.

Types of cases

No. of cases filed

No. of cases disposed of

Clearance rate (1)

Criminal cases

149,515

166,162

111%

Civil cases

29,115

31,571

108%

Community Justice and Tribunals cases

12,336

13,000

105%

Total

190,966

210,733

110%

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

Types of cases

No. of cases filed

Criminal charges (2)

38,986

Departmental or statutory board charge and Summonses

68,326

Traffic charges and Summonses

37,455

Coroner’s Court cases

4,745

Magistrate’s Complaints (3)

3

Total

149,515

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

Originating process

Types of cases

No. of cases filed

Writs of Summons

15,408

Originating Summonses

797

Total

16,205

Interlocutory application

Types of cases

No. of cases filed

Summonses (4)

7,128

Summonses for Directions (Order 25 or 37)

3,887

Summary Judgments (Order 14)

105

Total

11,120

Others

Types of cases

No. of cases filed

Taxations

97

Assessments of damages

1,693

Total

1,790

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

Types of cases

No. of cases filed

Community Disputes Resolution Tribunals (CDRT) claims

237

Employment Claims Tribunals (ECT) claims

997

Magistrate's Complaints

1,388

Protection from Harassment Court (PHC) cases

434

Small Claims Tribunals (SCT) claims

9,280

Total

12,336

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

Court Dispute Resolution (5)

No. of cases filed

(Civil) Writs of Summons, Originating Summonses

4,476

(Community) Protection from Harassment Court (PHC) cases, Community Disputes Resolution Tribunals (CDRT) claim, Magistrate’s Complaints

518

Total

4,994

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

Family Justice Courts

Total number of cases handled by the Family Justice Courts is 26,560 for 2021.

Caseload

No. of cases filed

No. of cases disposed ofClearance rate

Maintenance & Family Violence

4,971

5,434109%

Divorce, Originating Summons & Probate & Summons

20,390

20,360100%

Youth Court

1,199

1,10692%
Total26,56026,900101%

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 or 37).

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


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