Can you conduct a Civil Litigation Case without a lawyer in Singapore?
A litigant in the Civil case (except for Small Claim Tribunal proceedings) can appoint a lawyer to represent him or conduct his own case, i.e. act in person.
However, a company can only start or defend the Civil case through a lawyer. In Small Claims Tribunal proceedings, lawyers are not allowed to represent the parties. A company should send an employee as a representative to attend the proceedings.
It is important to know that litigants in person expected to comply with the Court’s rules and procedures according to the same standard of preparation and conduct required of lawyers. They must follow all relevant laws and procedures in the conduct of the case. This is probably why you should engage a lawyer to represent you if you don’t feel that you’ll be able to understand and comply with all the Court’s rules and procedures. If you are a litigant and cannot afford to appoint a lawyer, you should approach the Legal Aid Bureau to find out if you can qualify for assistance.
So there you have it, some basic information on conducting a Civil claim on your own without a lawyer.