An affidavit is a written statement signed by you, the deponent. It is used as evidence of the matters stated in it for two purposes, namely:
(a) at interlocutory proceedings dealing with preliminary matters before the trial of a case; and(b) at the trial of a case, when you are putting forward your evidence-in-chief.
If you are making an affidavit, you should state in it:(a) your residential address and occupation – if you are giving evidence in a professional or business capacity, you may state your office or other work address instead, the position which you hold and the name of your firm or employer; and(b) whether you are a party to the case in which the affidavit is to be used, or whether you are employed by a party to the case.
Your affidavit should generally contain only facts that are within your knowledge. You should take great care before stating in your affidavit matters that you believe in or that others have informed you of, and you should also identify your source of information. Documents and other exhibits that you wish to use in conjunction with your affidavit must be included. Legal arguments should not be included.
Filing fees are payable for lodging documents with the court. Court hearing fees are payable for certain matters that are heard before a judge. More information on filing fees and court hearing fees is available here.
Fees are usually collected upon the filing of documents with the Supreme Court and if you are filing electronically via the LawNet Service Bureau, it will be collected there. All other payments should be made at the Cashier’s Counter.
You can file your affidavit after you have sworn or affirmed its contents. An affidavit may be rejected for filing if it does not comply with certain formal requirements. These requirements can be found in the Supreme Court Practice Directions.
If the affidavit is to be filed in respect of an eLitigation matter, please proceed to file your affidavit electronically at the LawNet Service Bureau, located at Level 1 of the Supreme Court.
If the affidavit does not concern an eLitigation matter, please proceed to file your affidavit in paper at the Supreme Court’s Legal Registry, located at Level 2 of the Supreme Court.