An Overview of the Law and Practice of the Small Claims Tribunals

An Overview of the Law and Practice of the Small Claims Tribunals

5 October 2022 | 5.30pm - 7pm SGT | Webinar 


At the Inaugural Tribunals Conference in April 2022, The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon highlighted in his keynote address that tribunals are “an integral and indispensable part of our justice system”. Apart from the fact that tribunals in the State Courts deal with a “substantial portion of our justice system’s caseload”, they are often “the first and sometimes [the] only point of contact that ordinary members of the public will have with the justice system”. 

The Small Claims Tribunals (“SCT”) were established in 1985 to provide a quick and inexpensive forum to resolve specific types of low-value disputes.  Over the years, both the monetary and subject matter jurisdictions of the SCT have expanded, allowing a much broader range of disputes to be adjudicated at the SCT. The SCT facilitates access to justice by ensuring that the cost of bringing or defending a claim is kept low and that disputes are adjudicated expeditiously. Additionally, the flexible nature of proceedings and judge-led approach makes the SCT’s processes accessible to claimants. In this way, the SCT plays a crucial role in upholding the rule of law in Singapore. 

In this webinar, we bring together experienced adjudicators from the SCT to share how the legislative framework and processes are designed to facilitate the resolution of disputes and provide an expeditious adjudicatory process. They will also highlight the common legal issues faced by the claimants when navigating the SCT’s process, and the nature of disputes that are commonly heard by the SCT, including the trends that have been observed. 

Through this webinar, lawyers will be better placed to discharge their professional responsibility of evaluating with their clients and advising them about alternative dispute resolution processes, including the filing of claims which fall within the jurisdiction of the SCT.


05.15pm SGT

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05.30pm SGT

Presentation on the Law and Practice of the Small Claims Tribunal by Tribunal Magistrate Andrew Tan and Assistant Registrar Leon Tan

06.30pm SGT

Panel Discussion and Q&A moderated by Tribunal Magistrate Bryan Ong

Panellists: District Judge Lee Li Choon and District Judge Karolyn Gin 

07.00pm SGT

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SILE Attendance Policy

Number of Public CPD point: 1.5
Practice Area: Others/Multi-disciplinary
Training Level: General

Participants who wish to obtain CPD Points are reminded that they must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines. For this activity, this includes logging in at the start of the webinar and logging out at the conclusion of the webinar in the manner required by the organiser, and not being away from the entire activity for more than 15 minutes. Participants who do not comply with the Attendance Policy will not be able to obtain CPD Points for attending the activity. Please refer to for more information.

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