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About the Sheriff and bailiffs

The Registrar of the Supreme Court is the Sheriff of Singapore. Bailiffs are officers who are empowered under the Sheriff's authority to handle enforcement proceedings commenced by parties.

This includes executing and carrying into effect all Writs of Distress, Writs of Execution and court orders. Writs of Execution include the following:

The Sheriff's Office deals with enforcement proceedings in the Supreme Court.

The Bailiffs Section deals with enforcement proceedings in the State Courts.

Roles and responsibilities

Under the authority of the Supreme Court of Judicature Act and State Courts Act, the officers from the Sheriff's Office and Bailiffs Section may enter the premises of the party against whom the Writ of Execution is made (the execution debtor) when executing the enforcement proceedings. For WSS cases, the Sheriff or bailiff may also seize the assets or property of the execution debtor.

If it is identified that the assets or property belonging to the execution debtor to be seized is in the premises of a third party that does not belong to the execution debtor, the officers from the Sheriff's Office and Bailiffs Section may enter the third party premises to execute the enforcement proceedings.

After the assets or property has been seized, the party who enforced the judgment (the execution creditor) may file a request for the Sheriff or bailiffs to arrange for their sale by public auction.

Find out more about the auction process on File a request for an auction sale of seized property.

How to identify an officer

Court officers from the Sheriff's Office and Bailiffs Section will carry a warrant identification card and a badge, and may wear a bailiff's vest when carrying out the enforcement proceedings.

Contact information

You may contact the following:

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