Small Claims Tribunal


For Small Claims Tribunal or some of them call it as, “small claims court” in Singapore, there are guidelines as to how you can recover your monies from your businesses. First of all, the amount to recover, the strict guidelines  must be adhered to as follows:

1) The amount to be claimed, must be less than S$10,000.00. For more than $10,000.00, mutual agreement is required in written.

2) It must be within one year from the time of your clients’ defaulted payment. Meaning to say, one year upon the expiry of your invoice payment terms.

If you are the businessmen wanting to claim or recover your monies from your clients, if you cannot fulfil the above two strict guidelines, then Small Claims Tribunal in Singapore is not meant or suitable for you. It will be wasting your time and ours as well, if you want to pursue further.

The next important checklist for your type of claims, they MUST NOT under the following categories:

1) Hire purchase agreement.

2) Employment matters.

3) Personal loans.

4) Stock and shares.

5) Foreign exchange.

6) Rental (except for residential lease agreemnet not exceeding 2 years)

7) Legal fees.

8 Co-broking.

9) Insurance claims.

10) Damage caused by use of a motor vehicle.

However, the scope and powers of Small Claims Tribunal do include the following categories:

1) A contract for sale of goods (Eg, supply and delivery of goods like stationery, flowers, fruits, raw material, mineral water and so on).

2) A contract for a provision of services (It can be renovation, tuition, business consultancy or construction services and so on).

3) Arising from the respondent causing damage to your property.

4) A contract for a lease for residential premises which does not exceed 2 years.

5) A contract to buy or sell foreign currency notes made with a person holding a valid money changing and Remittance Business Act.

6) Cancellation of contracts under the Consumer Fair Trading (Cancellation of contracts) Regulations 2009

7) Refund of motor vehicle deposits with the Consumer Fair Trading (Motor Vehicle Dealer Deposits) Regulations 2009

8 Opt-out under Consumer Fair Trading ( Opt- Out) Regulations 2009

Of the above, for item 1) and 2) of the above scope and powers under Small Claims Tribunal,  they are the most popular claims at the Tribunal. Bearing in mind, anyone or companies not turning up  at tribunal hearing, Order of the Tribunals will be issued against the defaulter or respondent resulting in enforcement of order of tribunals like Writ of Seizure and Sale which can be very embarrassing to the respondent (or the debtor) should it happen.

Kindly note that, although it is “small claims” under the small claims court guideline for less than $10,000.00, but anyone lodging claims to Small Claims Tribunal is considered a legal action against the respective respondent or debtor. It should not be taken lightly as well and lawyers are not allowed to represent or present at the hearing or consultation.

To lodge or file a claim at the Tribunals, a party is required to pay a lodgment fee. The applicable lodgment fees are as follows:

Not exceeding $5,000 Exceeding $5,000 but not exceeding $10,000 Exceeding $10,000 but not exceeding $20,000



1% of claim amount




3% of claim amount

Kindly note the above lodgement fee is not our consultancy fee as this lodgement fee is the compulsory requirement to pay the Tribunals for the various amount that you would like to pursue in claiming.

As some of you may be weak in paperwork or administration stuff, you may find it very daunting task to go through the details of the form filling which have to be properly filled and complete together with supporting documents as well as the procedures in submitting the claim. This is why our services come in handy for you.

Our services here is to assist you, your friends or your relatives having non-payment issues from their clients under the jurisdiction of Small Claims Tribunal. By engaging our service, so that your case can be properly assessed, prepared and advised upon your rate of success before going to Small Claims Tribunal — not prepared, not knowing the procedures, the forms to be filled and other documentation details. We also include necessary correspondences  like building email or letter records as well as demand notice.

Please note also with effect from 10 July 2017 onwards, all small claims filings (for $10,000.00 or less) have to be ONLINE via Community Justice and Tribunals System (“CJTS”) online platform submission.

Kindly note that our write-out above is only a summary and for guidance only, for more details and enquiries, do contact us. Hear from you soonest. Thank you for taking time to read.


Source : Some excerpts from Small Claims Tribunal Singapore.


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