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Public Consultation on proposed 'Transformation' of the Civil Justice System

Date: 02 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Law Society of Singapore

The Ministry of Law ('MinLaw') has invited views and comments on the recommendations made by the Civil Justice Review Committee (the 'CJRC') and the Civil Justice Commission (the 'CJC') to address 'the need to continue reviewing and improving the system to ensure that the costs and time needed to resolve a civil dispute are proportionate to the value of the claim, and there is effective and efficient enforcement of judgements'. In particular, the Honourable Chief Justice established the CJC with the following terms of reference: 

(i) To transform, not merely reform, the litigation process by modernising it, enhancing efficiency and speed of adjudication and maintaining costs at reasonable levels;

(ii) To simplify rules, avoid outdated language without discarding established legal concepts, eliminate time-consuming or cost-wasting procedural steps, ensure fairness to all litigants, make good use of advancements in information technology and allow greater judicial control of the entire litigation process; and

(iii) To address such other aspects as the Chief Justice may direct from time to time.

Separately, the CJRC, chaired by Minister Indranee Rajah S.C. and comprising representatives from the judiciary, senior members of the Bar and the Government, was tasked to make recommendations in relation to:

(a) Enhancing the following areas:

(i) judicial control over litigation; and

(ii) pre-trial, trial, and post-trial procedures.

(b) Professional training requirements and public education measures to support the recommendations.

(c) A review mechanism to assess the implementation of the CJRC's recommendations two years post-implementation.

MinLaw's Public Consultation on the Proposed 'Transformation' of the Civil Justice System runs from 26 October 2018 to 30 November 2018. Public can read more about the public consultation exercise and access the reports of the CJC and CJRC at the MinLaw website. 

It is worth noting that the CJC has also proposed new draft Rules of Court under the Supreme Court of Judicature Act, MinLaw has stated that 'the concepts discussed in this public consultation paper are still at the discussion stage and may change after further discussion and reflection'. 

In light of the above, The Law Society of Singapore plans to consolidate feedback from its members for submission to MinLaw. They also expect the public to receive urgent feedback by close of business on Monday, 12 November 2018, considering the closing date of 30 November 2018. All views may be sent to the following e-mail address: [email protected]

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