COVID-19 advisory

If you have any queries, you are encouraged to refer to the court's website, use the e-platforms, or call or write in instead of visiting the courts.

Virtual court sessions

Some court sessions may be conducted virtually. The court will inform you if you do not need to attend court in person.

Find out more about virtual court sessions and how to prepare for one.

Visiting the courts

If you need to visit the court, you must complete all of the following before you enter the building:

  • A visitor registration form.
  • A temperature screening.
  • Check in via the TraceTogether-only SafeEntry app or TraceTogether token.

You will be denied entry if you:

  • Are serving a Quarantine Order.
  • Are serving a Stay-Home Notice.
  • Are serving a Leave of Absence.
  • Have, within the last 14 days, been in close contact with anyone who has either been confirmed to have COVID-19 or is suspected to have COVID-19 (pending results of COVID-19 tests).
  • Are feeling unwell. This includes any of the following:
    • You have a fever.
    • You have flu-like or respiratory symptoms such as cough, running nose, or shortness of breath.
  • Are currently covered by a medical certificate (MC) for any of the symptoms listed above (even if the MC states that it is not valid for absence from court).

If you are denied entry

If you have a scheduled hearing but are denied entry, you will need to apply to adjourn the hearing. Refer to the following for the steps to take, depending on the court:

If you are denied entry to the State Courts, you can apply to adjourn the hearing through any of the following ways:

You will need to provide relevant supporting documents such as a Home Quarantine Order, Stay-Home Notice or medical certificate.

If you are denied entry to the FJC, you can apply to adjourn the hearing by doing the following:

If you are a lawyer or are represented by a lawyer

Request through the respective e-platform your case is under:

If you do not have a lawyer

Send an email with the case number, hearing date and supporting documents to:

You will need to provide relevant supporting documents such as details of the Home Recovery Programme, Stay-Home Notice or medical certificate (in accordance with Paragraph 162 of the FJC Practice Directions).

If you are denied entry to the Supreme Court, you can apply to adjourn the hearing by doing the following:

If you are a lawyer or are represented by a lawyer

Request through eLitigation.

If you do not have a lawyer

Email SUPCOURT_Registry@supcourt.gov.sg with the case number and supporting documents, such as details of Home Recovery Programme, Stay-Home Notice or medical certificate (in accordance with Paragraph 14 of the Supreme Court Practice Directions).

Safe distancing measures

If you are visiting the court, you should do the following:

  • Wear a mask at all times.
  • Stand behind the tape markings on the ground when queueing.
  • Stand within the tape markings when using the lifts.
  • Only use seats that do not have tape markings.

Response across the courts

Refer to the following resources on the Singapore courts' integrated response to COVID-19:

View other resources on COVID-19 issued by the courts:

Changes to court operations

Find out the changes in services and operating hours of locations in the State Courts.

Changes in services

Find out which types of hearings in the State Courts may be conducted via telephone conferencing or video conferencing.

Changes in operating hours

Take note of the changes in operating hours for the following locations in the State Courts:

Location

Operating hours

Heritage Gallery

Closed.

State Courts Library

Monday - Friday: 8.30am to 12.30pm

 

Closed on public holidays.


NoteDine-in service in the café is subject to the prevailing safe management measures.

Guides

Refer to the guide on the workflow for duty hearings with effect from 2 June 2020.

Find out the changes in services and operating hours of locations in the Family Justice Courts.

Changes in services

Refer to the following for changes to services in the Family Justice Courts (FJC):

  • (For maintenance and protection against family violence) Court mention and hearing sessions, as well as mediation or counselling sessions (if applicable) will be conducted via video conferencing unless otherwise notified by the court.
  • Commissioner for Oaths (CFO) services are by appointment only.
  • The following services will be provided remotely:
    • Case-specific enquiries on divorce or the filing of Originating Summons (OS). Contact the FJC registry at FJCOURTS_Family_Registry@FJCourts.gov.sg.
    • Questions and collection of certified true copy of documents, grounds of decision, notes of evidence and other case search matters. Contact the FJC registry at FJCOURTS_Family_Registry@FJCourts.gov.sg.
    • Court-ordered Supervised Exchange and Supervised Visits (SESV) through Divorce Support Specialist Agencies. This will be mixed with face-to-face sessions. Contact dssaprogrammes@msf.gov.sg.
  • Child access arrangements: Parents are allowed to transfer temporary custody or care of a child pursuant to any agreement regarding the access rights of a parent or in the discharge of a legal obligation based on the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act.

Changes in operating hours

Take note of the changes in operating hours at the FJC:

Location

Operating hours

Family Protection Centre (for protection orders) at Havelock Square

Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 1.00pm

(Note: The last queue ticket for applications is issued at 12.00pm, but the registry is open till 5.30pm for enquiries.)

Closed on public holidays.

Maintenance Registry at Havelock Square

Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 1.00pm

(Note: The last queue ticket for applications is issued at 12.00pm, but the registry is open till 5.30pm for enquiries.)

Closed on public holidays.

Probate, Adoption and Mental Capacity Registries at Maxwell Road

Monday and Wednesday: 9.00am to 5.30pm

Friday: 9.00am to 5.00pm

Closed on public holidays.

Divorce Registry at Havelock Square

The physical counter is closed.

Counter services for case-specific enquiries or for the collection of documents (such as certified true copies, grounds of decision and notes of evidence) are available remotely during the following hours on Monday to Friday:

  • 9.30am to 12.00pm
  • 2.00pm to 4.30pm

Closed on public holidays.

Maintenance Meditation Chambers at Havelock Square

By appointment only.

Email fjcourts_maintpos@fjcourts.gov.sg or call 6435 5471.

Family Dispute Resolution Counter at Maxwell Road

The physical counter is closed. Counter services are available remotely.

  • Monday to Thursday:
    • 9.00am to 1.00pm
    • 2.00pm to 5.30pm
  • Friday:
    • 9.00am to 1.00pm
    • 2.00pm to 5.00pm

Closed on public holidays.

Email fjcourts_family_registry@fjcourts.gov.sg or call 6435 5398 or 6236 9050.

Related questions

My matter is urgent. How do I request the court to hear it?

For maintenance and protection matters, contact fjcourts_maintpos@fjcourts.gov.sg.

For divorce and all other urgent matters, contact fjcourts_family_registry@fjcourts.gov.sg.

Include the following details in the subject title:

  • (If applicable) Urgent query.
  • Case number.
  • Case name.

If you are an eLitigation subscriber, file your request through eLitigation using the form "Other Hearing Related request". You must provide reasons explaining why the matter is essential and urgent. Take note of Paragraphs 4a to 4c of the Registrar’s Circular No. 1 of 2020 when making such a request.

What if I have no access to an electronic device capable of supporting video conferencing?

For maintenance and protection matters, contact fjcourts_maintpos@fjcourts.gov.sg.

For all other matters, contact fjcourts_family_registry@fjcourts.gov.sg.

Video conferencing facilities are available at the FJC premises. The court may also schedule a physical hearing, at the court's discretion.

(Maintenance) I have lost my job or my earnings have reduced as a result of COVID-19. How can I vary or postpone maintenance payment?

If you wish to vary a maintenance court order for a case filed in the Integrated Family Management System (iFAMS), find out how to file an application through iFAMS.

If you wish to vary a divorce court order regarding maintenance, you would need to apply by way of a summons through eLitigation. You may wish to engage a lawyer or file the documents in person at the LawNet & CrimsonLogic Service Bureau.

You may wish to visit the Ministry of Social and Family Development's (MSF) website for information relating to the Temporary Relief Fund.

(Child access) What do I do if my spouse or ex-spouse and I disagree on access arrangements for our child?

In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic and the Safe Management Measures put in place by the government to counteract this health crisis, parents are reminded to cooperate with each other and act sensibly and safely in all arrangements made for their child. Turning to the court should be the last resort.

Parents should communicate with each other, or through their lawyers (if any), regarding existing orders relating to access. They should work together to find practical and suitable solutions to access issues, and any other child-related issues that arise, bearing in mind the best interests of their child and the need to comply with the measures put in place by the government.

Find out the changes in services and operating hours of locations in the Supreme Court.

Changes in services

Find out which types of hearings in the Supreme Court may be conducted via telephone conferencing or video conferencing.

Commissioner for Oaths (CFOs) services are by appointment only. Contact the Interpreters Section at SUPCOURT_Head_Interpreters@supcourt.gov.sg or 6557 7459 to make an appointment at least 1 clear working day in advance.

To apply for an audio recording or transcript of the hearing for your case, find out how to file a request. You may write in to DTS@supcourt.gov.sg if you have any queries.

Changes in operating hours

Take note of the changes in operating hours:

Location

Operating hours

Supreme Court Library

(Note: Due to safe distancing measures, the Library can only accommodate up to 20 people at a time.)

Monday to Friday:

  • 10.00am to 12.00pm
  • 2.00pm to 4.00pm

Closed on public holidays.

Community Justice Centre satellite office

Closed.

Judicial Heritage Gallery

Closed.

Viewing Gallery

Closed.

Learning Court

Closed.

 

Guides

Refer to the information on filings under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) regulations in the Supreme Court.

Related questions

What if I cannot participate in my hearing via video conference?

Before the hearing, you should notify the Supreme Court Registry, within the time specified in the Registrar's Notice, of your intention to attend court physically for the hearing.

Who can I contact if I have a hearing-related query?

You may view the hearing list, check your hearing details via the e-platform or browse the court's website for hearing-related information. Alternatively, you may contact the Supreme Court Registry at SUPCOURT_Registry@supcourt.gov.sg or by calling 6557 7495 during operating hours.

If you know the name or telephone number of the Case Management Officer (CMO) for your matter, you may wish to call the CMO directly or mark your correspondence to the attention of the CMO.

You should state the following in your email subject title:

  • (If applicable) Urgent query.
  • Case number.
  • Case name.

Can parties who are represented by a lawyer sit in for a hearing conducted virtually?

Lawyers may write in to the Supreme Court Registry to make a request for their clients to attend virtual hearings that are held via Zoom. Such requests are however, subject to approval.

As a member of the public, can I attend open court hearings even if it is held remotely?

Yes. Hearings conducted using Zoom will be streamed on TV screens in the courtrooms.

The seating capacity of the public gallery of each courtroom is subject to safe distancing measures and a limit of 50 people including judges, court officers, counsel and clients. Admission into the courtrooms is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no need to pre-register before attending a hearing.

Will I be able to attend personally at the Supreme Court Registry to inspect case files?

Yes, you may still request to inspect a case file in person. Find out how to do so.

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