Judicial System of Singapore

Supreme court: Supreme Court

Ministry: Law

The constitution provides for independence of the judiciary. The Supreme Court comprises the High Court and the Court of Appeal. Other courts include the district courts, magistrates’ courts, Coroner’s Court, Juvenile Court and Family Court.

The Court of Appeal is the final court of appeal. The High Court has original jurisdiction in the most serious civil and criminal cases and appellate jurisdiction in appeals from the lower courts. The district and magistrates’ courts both have jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters, the more serious cases coming before the district courts.

The chief justice and other Supreme Court judges are appointed by the president of the republic on the advice of the prime minister, or in the case of the other judges, the chief justice.