What is the jurisdiction of the courts in a Civil Litigation case?

by | Feb 4, 2024 | Blog

Jurisdiction is the power to exercise authority over persons and things within a territory. In a legal sense, it gives a court the power to hear and decide a case or lawsuit. In this article, we will talk about the jurisdiction of Singapore courts in a Civil Litigation case.

  • Civil Litigation cases involving claims up to a maximum of $60,000 are generally dealt with by the Magistrate Courts.
  • Civil claims of more than $60,000 but up to a maximum of $250,000 are dealt with by the District Courts.
  • Claims of above $250,000 are generally dealt with by the High Court unless the parties agree to have the claim dealt with in the District Court.
  • Civil Litigation cases (except for motor vehicle accidents or leases over 2 years) involving certain categories, such as claims up to a maximum of $10,000 (or up to $20,000 where both parties agree in writing) can be brought to a Small Claims Tribunal.

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Jonathan Wong

Jonathan is the Founder and Managing Director of Tembusu Law. He is also the founder of LawGuide Singapore, a prominent legaltech startup which successfully created and launched Singapore’s first legal chatbot in 2017.