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Who is a Commissioner for Oaths

A Commissioner for Oaths (CFO) may be a lawyer, court interpreter, government official or any other individual who is authorised to administer oaths and affirmations.

Legal documents that need to be sworn or affirmed before a CFO include affidavits and statutory declarations to be used in Singapore.

CFOs are appointed by the Board of Commissioners for Oaths and Notaries Public.

Differences between swearing and affirming

Both swearing and affirmation have the same legal effect: you promise that you will tell the truth. Whether you swear or affirm depends on your religion:

  • If you are a Christian or a Catholic, you are required to hold the Bible while swearing your affidavit
  • In all other cases, you will make an affirmation instead.

How to arrange for the courts' Commissioner for Oaths services

The courts provide CFO services only for affidavits or statutory declarations to be used in court proceedings.

You should make a request to the court handling your case. (Alternatively, you may approach CFOs outside of the courts, especially if your documents are not related to any court proceedings in Singapore. Refer to the Singapore Academy of Law's CFO directory.)

Refer to the following to find out how to engage a CFO, depending on which court your case is heard in.

To ensure the safety and well-being of court users, with effect from 1 October 2021, CFO services at the State Courts are available by appointment only. 

Fill in and submit this form at least 1 working day in advance to make an appointment. You will be informed by email of the date and time of your confirmed appointment.

 

On the day of the appointment, please proceed to the Central Registry located on level 2 of the State Courts to affirm or swear your affidavits or statutory declarations. The operating hours are:

Monday to Thursday 

10.30am to 12.30pm

3.30pm to 5.30pm
Friday 

10.30am to 12.30pm

3.30pm to 5.00pm

CFO services are not available on weekends and public holidays.


Estimated fees

Examples of the commissioning fees at the State Courts include:

Type of document

Commissioning fee (per signatory)

Additional fees

Affidavit for Magistrate's Court cases

$10 per affidavit

$5 per exhibit (if any)

Affidavit for District Court cases

$25 per affidavit

$5 per exhibit (if any)

Statutory declarations for Interpleader Summons in Magistrate's Court case

$10 per affidavit

$5 per exhibit (if any)

Statutory declarations for Interpleader Summons in District Court case

$25 per affidavit

$5 per exhibit (if any)

Affidavit for harassment cases

$10 per affidavit

$5 per exhibit (if any)

Interpretation services

For individuals who do not understand or are not comfortable communicating in English, the court can provide interpretation of the affidavit/statutory declaration in the following languages and dialects:

Chinese language and dialects

Mandarin, Hokkien, Teochew and Cantonese.

Malay language and dialects

Malay, Javanese and Boyanese.

Indian languages

Tamil, Malayalam and Urdu.

If you require interpretation in languages and dialects other than those listed above, you must engage and bring along a qualified interpreter to the court for your CFO session.

You may contact the State Courts if you have any questions.

Note
The State Courts CFOs will not deal with documents by or referred by lawyers. Only litigants who do not have a lawyer may engage the court's CFOs.
CFO services at the Family Justice Courts (FJC) are available by appointment only. You may make an appointment through the relevant registry for your application. Find out how to contact the registries and their operating hours.

Estimated fees

Examples of the commissioning fees at the FJC include:

Type of document

Commissioning fee (per signatory)

Additional fees

Affidavit

$25 per affidavit

$5 per exhibit (if any)

Statutory declarations

$25 per statutory declaration

$5 per exhibit (if any)

Interpretation services

For individuals who do not understand or are not comfortable communicating in English, the court can provide interpretation of the affidavit/statutory declaration in the following languages and dialects:

Chinese language and dialects

Mandarin, Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese and Hakka.

Malay language and dialects

Malay, Javanese and Boyanese.

Indian languages

Tamil.

If you require interpretation in languages and dialects other than those listed above, you must engage and bring along a qualified interpreter to the court for your CFO appointment.

Note
The FJC CFOs will not deal with documents by or referred by lawyers. Only litigants who do not have a lawyer may engage the court's CFOs.
CFO services at the Supreme Court are available by appointment only. Contact 6557 7459 or email SUPCOURT_Head_Interpreters@supcourt.gov.sg at least 1 working day in advance to make an appointment. View the operating hours.

On the day of your appointment:

  • Bring your identity card or passport with you for verification purposes.
  • When you arrive at the Supreme Court, proceed to the Legal Registry (Level 2, Supreme Court) to make payment.
  • Obtain a queue ticket for CFO services at the service kiosk and a CFO will attend to you shortly.

Estimated fees

Examples of the commissioning fees at the Supreme Court include:

Type of document

Commissioning fee (per signatory)

Additional fees

Affidavit in civil matters

$25 per affidavit

$5 per exhibit (if any)

Affidavit in bankruptcy matters

$5 per affidavit

$1 per exhibit (if any)

Affidavit in company winding-up matters

$4 per affidavit

$1 per exhibit (if any)

Statutory declarations

(For use in Supreme Court proceedings only)

$25 per statutory declaration

$5 per exhibit (if any)

Interpretation services

For individuals who do not understand or are not comfortable communicating in English, the court can provide interpretation of the affidavit/statutory declaration in the following languages and dialects:

Chinese language and dialects

Mandarin, Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese.

Malay language and dialects

Malay, Javanese, Boyanese.

Indian languages

Tamil, Malayalam.

If you require interpretation in languages and dialects other than those listed above, you must engage and bring along a qualified interpreter to the court for your CFO appointment.

Contact

You may contact the following CFOs if you have questions:

Language

Telephone number

Chinese or English

6332 3924 or 6557 7637

Tamil or English

6332 3925 or 6332 3930

Malay or English

6332 3926 or 6332 3970

Documents not used in court proceedings

Members of the public who require CFO services for non-court matters should approach CFOs outside of the courts.

Refer to the Singapore Academy of Law's CFO directory.

Who cannot commission your document

If you have a lawyer, the CFO who administers your oath or affirmation cannot be:

  • Your lawyer.
  • A person who belongs to the same law firm or practice as your lawyer.

Documents to be used overseas

Documents to be used in a foreign country must be notarised by a Notary Public (instead of a CFO).

Refer to the Singapore Academy of Law's Notary Public directory.

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