A litigant acting in-person who wishes to inspect a court file will have to file a Request to Inspect with the Court. All Requests to Inspect are subject to approval of the Registrar and payment of the applicable fees.
A Request should contain a brief description of the relationship of the requestor to the relevant case file and the reasons for requiring inspection. A requestor may wish to explain their interest or connection to the case file to be inspected. The Registrar may also seek clarifications from the requestor before deciding whether to approve the Request.
For a detailed step-by-step guide on how to make a Request for electronic case files, please click here.For a detailed step-by-step guide on how to make a Request for non-electronic case files, please click here.
Availability of case files for inspection
Electronic case files
Non-electronic case files
Pending matters - within 1 working dayConcluded matters – within 2 working days
Within 2 working days
If your request for inspection of a non-electronic case file is allowed, you will be given half an hour between 9.00am to 5.30pm to inspect the file at Level 2 of the Legal Registry. An extension of time may be granted on a case-by-case basis, and is dependent on several factors such as the availability of the eLitigation terminal, the serviceability of microfilm readers and the number of people in the queue.
If your request for inspection of an electronic case file is allowed, you will attend at the LawNet Service Bureau for inspection subject to their terms and conditions.
Some documents in a court file may be barred from inspection. There may be various reasons for this; for example, a Judge or Judicial Officer may order that documents which pertain to confidential issues may only be viewed by the parties to the action.
For Judge’s or Judicial Officer’s minute sheets, please request for a certified true copy of a transcript of such minute sheets.
For copies of documents in an electronic case file, the documents that may be inspected can be downloaded. A non-eLitigation account law firm or LIP requiring copies of the downloaded documents at the LawNet Service Bureau may request for printing of the same. Applicable printing fees are payable. Where a Certified True Copy of a court document is required, a Request for Certified True Copy will have to be filed via eLitigation. Subject to the approval of the Registrar and upon payment of the applicable fees, the Certified True Copy can be collected at Level 2 of the Legal Registry.
For copies of documents in a non-electronic case file, after inspection of the case file and court documents at Level 2 of the Legal Registry, a requestor requiring a copy and/or Certified True Copy of a court document may complete the Request for a Copy / Certified True Copy and submit a hard copy at Level 2 of the Legal Registry for approval of the Registrar. Applicable printing fees are payable.
Type of Case File
Case File Inspection
Certified True Copies
S$8 (Per Document)
Manual Cause Book Search
S$20 (Per Year)
Copies Of Microfilmed Case File
S$5 (Per Document)
S$0.15 (Per Page)
S$5 (Per Page)
Copies Of Bankruptcy Cases Without
S$1 (Per Document)
Copies Of Bankruptcy Cases With
S$1 (Per Page)