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Civil Litigation

Things to Know Before Commencing Civil Litigation in Singapore

Having a dispute over a matter that doesn’t fall under a crime? If yes, then your claim in the court is called civil or non-criminal litigation. In this regard, Singapore has specific laws for legal proceedings to resolve such cases. Further, there is a defined list of areas that fall under this category. However, you can stay relaxed when you hire us as your legal adviser in regard tocivil litigation in Singapore.

As per basic definition, a civil case is a non-criminal matter that is heard in the court of law. The stages include consulting the parties involved, conducting the procedure in the court, and enforcing them to follow the judgement.

How civil litigation can be started?

A person can initiate the procedure by having a law firm in Singapore to issue a summon to the opposite party.


An alternative way of dispute resolution

Considering the time and cost involved, the parties often prefer to settle the matter out of court as an alternative solution. Moreover, this is also a desirable way of dispute resolution as it saves both the parties from undesirable public attention.

A case in court also affects the life of parties involved thereby making it a highly undesirable way to solve differences. On the other hand, coming to a mutually beneficial out-of-court settlement saves time, money and relations.

Being a law firm that wishes all good for the clients, we first try to resolve the issue mutually between the parties. So when you approach our lawyer in Singapore, you can be sure about our desire for a favourable and a fair outcome.

Criteria for a matter to be considered for civil litigation

As mentioned in the previous section, litigation may lead to increased costs. Therefore, we advise alternative solutions where possible. Generally, when the amount of claim is less than $20,000. Additionally, civil law in Singapore has set some lower limits for the claim. Based on this, the courts are given the power to commence hearings, as below.

If the amount is below $60,000, the case is to be taken to the Magistrate’s Court.

If the amount is above $60,000 but below $250,000, the hearing can be done in the District Court.

If the amount involved is equal to or more than $250,000, the matter should be taken to the High Court.

Things to consider before going to court

In civil litigation, a real victory is considered only when the opposite party can afford to pay the amount you have demanded. It’s illogical to spend your time and money on a case where the other person or a company is already bankrupt and unable to pay you anything.

To determine that your efforts will bring any fruit, you have to ensure that the person you are suing is;

  • Not a bankrupt
  • Have a property that is not mortgaged or not having any outstanding loan
  • Having directorship and shares of multiple companies and these companies are actually making profit
  • Not facing litigation by any other person or company


How we can help

When you have any doubt about the outcomes, wait no more and give us a call. We have a team of civil litigators who have years of experience. Additionally, we have handled a lot of such cases and achieved the desired results for clients. Hence, we know every aspect of legal issues and can advise you on the most beneficial steps towards resolving your dispute.