An application has to be filed with the General Division of the High
Court in the following manner:
Obtain the relevant forms for:
(a) the Debtor’s Bankruptcy Application;
(b) the Affidavit in Support of Debtor’s Bankruptcy Application;
(c) the Statement of Affairs; and
(d) the Affidavit Verifying Statement of Affairs.
The forms are available on the Internet website of the Ministry of
Law. Please click on https://io.mlaw.gov.sg/bankruptcy/pirforms/
Complete the relevant forms (all forms have to be typed except for the
Statement of Affairs which can be handwritten). Do not sign on both the
Affidavit in Support of Debtor’s Bankruptcy Application and the Affidavit
Verifying Statement of Affairs yet (See Step 5 below).
You will need to place a bankruptcy deposit of $1,850 with the Official
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Bring the temporary receipt and completed documents to the Supreme Court’s
Legal Registry located at Level 2 of the Supreme Court and then proceed to the
Cashier’s Counter to make payment of the prescribed stamp fees/Commissioner for
Proceed to swear or affirm the Affidavit Verifying Statement of Affairs and the
Affidavit in Support of Debtor’s Bankruptcy Application before a Commissioner
for Oaths (located at Level 2 of the Supreme Court). The Commissioner for
Oaths will sign and stamp on the documents.
Proceed to the LawNet Service Bureau (located at Level 1 of the Supreme Court)
to file all documents through eLitigation after payment of the prescribed fees.
The LawNet Service Bureau will inform you when to return to collect your
documents. Upon collection of the documents, the date and time for the hearing
of your application will be printed on your application.
You must attend the hearing on the appointed date and time. If you are unable
to do so, you must write to the Registrar of the Supreme Court immediately to
request for a later hearing date and state the reasons for your request.
FAQ >> Court Processes >>
District Court Appeals
No, the filing of an
application for a bankruptcy order does not operate to stay or stop the execution
of a writ of seizure and sale.
Taxation is a process whereby the Court considers a bill of costs that is filed to the court for assessment. The bill of costs may be in respect of costs to be paid by a client to his or her solicitor (i.e. Solicitor-and-Client costs), or in respect of costs ordered by the court to be paid by one party to another party (i.e. Party-and-Party costs). Each disputed item in the bill of costs is determined by the Taxing Master after hearing the parties’ objections and submissions.
The amount of costs allowed is at the Taxing Master’s discretion, subject to any order of court. In exercising this discretion, the Taxing Master will have regard to all relevant circumstances, in particular:
(a) the complexity of the cause or matter and the difficulty or novelty of the questions involved;(b) the skill, specialised knowledge and responsibility required of, and the time and labour expended by the solicitor;(c) the number and importance of the documents (however brief) prepared or perused;(d) the place and circumstances in which the business concerned was transacted;(e) the urgency and importance of the cause or matter to the client; and(f) where money or property is involved, the amount of money or the value of the property in question.
A Debtor’s Bankruptcy Application is one which
is filed by a debtor to make himself/herself a bankrupt.
A Creditor’s Bankruptcy Application is one
which is filed by a creditor to make a debtor bankrupt.
In the course of a suit or other matter, the court may order one party, known as the “judgment debtor”, to pay a sum of money to the other party, who is called the “judgment creditor”. For the purposes of obtaining payment under the judgment, the judgment creditor may apply for an Order for Examination of Judgment Debtor to find out about the judgment debtor’s assets and to get the judgment debtor to disclose relevant documents, including bank account statements, share certificates and other documents relating to the judgment debtor’s asset holdings.
Where the Judgment Debtor is a company, an Order for Examination of Judgment Debtor may be made against the officer(s) of the company. The Order for Examination of Judgment Debtor will be served on the judgment debtor (or officers of the judgment debtor company, as the case may be). It will usually be accompanied with a questionnaire, which should be completed by the judgment debtor (or officers of the judgment debtor company, as the case may be) and returned to the judgment creditor before the date of the hearing.
The Order for Examination of Judgment Debtor will state the date and time of the hearing before an Assistant Registrar. The judgment debtor (or officers of the judgment debtor company, as the case may be) must attend the hearing on the specified date and time. At the hearing, the judgment creditor or its solicitor may ask the judgment debtor (or officers of the judgment debtor company, as the case may be) questions and the answers will be recorded by the Assistant Registrar. The judgment debtor (or officers of the judgment debtor company, as the case may be) may also be ordered to produce any books or documents in their possession that are relevant to the questions.