Civil Litigation

Litigation is the process of taking legal action. Civil litigation generally involves at least a Plaintiff (party commences legal action) and a Defendant (receiving party of the legal action). Both parties do not involve the State and generally the legal action pursues a claim.

Examples of Civil Litigation include matters such as Tenancy Disputes, Debt Recovery etc.

What is the process like?

Legal action does not begin in a Courtroom where lawyers argue matters in front of a Judge.

Prior to the legal proceedings, the plaintiff would usually seek legal representation to first send a letter of demand requesting the opposing party to comply with the demands.  If the Defendant/Respondent does not comply, lawyer may advise commencing legal action.

Do consult with lawyers to fully understand the process and cost involved.

If my claim amount is small and the Respondent is ignoring my requests, do I still need to bring the matter to Court?

Not necessarily, it depends on the facts of the matter.

Where will my case be heard?

  • Small Claims Tribunal (Claims below S$20,000.00)
  • Magistrates’ Court (Claims between S$20,000.00 – S$60,000.00)
  • District Court (Claims between S$60,000.00 – S$250,000.00)
  • High Court (Claims above S$250,000.00)

I want to sue someone, should I do it?

You should always seek legal advice before commencing any legal action.

Our lawyers will take a look at your situation based on the facts and evidences of the matter. Through a consultation, they will analyse the following: –

  • Whether you have a strong or weak case
  • What the options or angles are to proceed with the matter
  • Cost of the entire legal proceedings
  • What the potential outcomes are of proceeding with legal action
  • Figure out the purpose of your intentions

It is recommended to seek legal advice to understand fully what may or may not happen and whether it is realistic to proceed. Getting an objective view on matters will help you evaluate the benefits and risk of commencing legal action.