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178879 Singapore

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The Supreme Court is the highest judicial court in Singapore. The Supreme Court consists of the Court of Appeal and the High Court. The Singapore International Commercial Court and the Family Justice Courts are also part of the Supreme Court. 

  • The Court of Appeal hears appeals of civil and criminal cases from the High Court.  The High Court exercises original and appellate jurisdiction in civil and criminal cases.  It hears cases in the first instance as well as cases on appeal from the State Courts. 
  • The Singapore International Commercial Court was set up in 2015 as part of the Supreme Court to hear transnational commercial disputes. 
  • The Family Justice Courts was set up in 2014 as a specialised body of courts to centralise the administration of family-related court proceedings in order to better address the needs of youths and families in distress.


As a public institution dedicated to the administration of justice, the Supreme Court promotes accessibility by ensuring that its services meet the needs of court users. It maintains integrity and transparency of its processes through court decisions that are fair and independent, and court records that are accurate and reliable. The Supreme Court’s work is underpinned by the following values: 

  •  Fairness
  • Accessibility
  • Independence, Integrity and Impartiality
  • Responsiveness 

 

Jurisdiction

The Supreme Court’s mission is to superintend the administration of justice. 

The Judiciary is currently headed by Chief Justice, Mr Sundaresh Menon. 

The Supreme Court Bench consists of the Chief Justice, the Judges of Appeal, Judges and Judicial Commissioners.  As of 1 September 2016, the Supreme Court has a total of 14 Judges (including the Chief Justice, four Judges of Appeal and nine High Court Judges), 12 Judicial Commissioners, five Senior Judges and 12 International Judges. 

Court of Appeal and High Court 

The Court of Appeal hears appeals of civil and criminal cases from the High Court. The High Court exercises original and appellate jurisdiction in civil and criminal cases. It hears cases in the first instance as well as cases on appeal from the State Courts. 

Singapore International Commercial Court 

The Singapore International Commercial Court is a division of the High Court. It is designed to deal with transnational commercial disputes. The Singapore International Commercial Court may also hear cases which are transferred from the High Court. 

Family Justice Courts 

The Family Justice Courts is the collective name for a body of courts which comprise the Family Division of the High Court, the Family Courts and the Youth Courts. The Family Division of the High Court exercises the original and appellate civil jurisdiction of the High Court; the appellate criminal jurisdiction of the High Court; and the general supervisory and revisionary jurisdiction of the High Court over the Family Courts, the Youth Courts and the Tribunal for the Maintenance of Parents. The Family Justice Courts hear the full suite of family-related cases including all divorce and related matters, family violence cases, adoption and guardianship cases, Youth Courts cases, applications for deputyship under the Mental Capacity Act, and probate and succession matters.