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Organs of State
Organs of State
The Supreme Court’s vision is to establish and maintain a world-class judiciary, by putting in place efficient and effective court processes to enhance access to justice and imbue public trust and confidence in the court system. A total budget of $87.7 million has been allocated to Supreme Court in FY2012 to achieve this.
The Supreme Court comprises the High Court and the Court of Appeal. As a superior court of record, the High Court also supervises the Subordinate Courts and administrative tribunals through the processes of appeal and judicial review. The Court of Appeal is the highest court of the land. The decisions of the Court of Appeal will clarify and confirm the law, and establish precedents for the guidance of all courts.
The Supreme Court aims to achieve public trust and confidence in the dispensation of justice based on the values of:
- Independence, Integrity, Impartiality
To achieve these outcomes, the Supreme Court’s budget will be utilised for the following:
- To process, manage and deliver a just decision according to the law in about 15,300 civil and criminal cases and applications, based on the prescribed timelines and allocated resources;
- To provide the enforcement machinery with a system of court bailiffs;
- To provide information services to allow the legal profession and members of the public to have access to court records; and
- To conduct public education programmes on the Singapore court system, correcting misconceptions and keeping the community informed of developments in the courts.
To find out more about the Supreme Court and our initiatives, please visit our website.
The mission of the Subordinate Courts is to provide an effective and accessible system of justice, inspiring public trust and confidence. Our vision is to be a leading Subordinate Court serving society with quality judgments, excellent court services, timely resolution of disputes, and innovative use of technology while recognising our human resource as our most valuable asset. A total budget of $106 million has been allocated to the Subordinate Courts in FY2012 to achieve this mission.
The Subordinate Courts manages 95% of all judicial matters in Singapore. Specifically, the Criminal Justice Division protects the public by imposing appropriate sentences to deter crime. The Civil Justice Division ensures the effective and fair resolution of civil disputes. The Family and Juvenile Justice Division protects and enforces family obligations and aims to reintegrate juvenile delinquents into society. The Courts' daily businesses of upholding the rule of law and administering justice sustain investors' confidence and contribute to social stability and economic progress of the nation.
The Subordinate Courts sustain public trust and confidence in the dispensation of justice based on the values of:
- Independence, Integrity, Impartiality
To achieve these outcomes, the Subordinate Courts’ budget will be utilised for the following:
- To adjudicate, manage and process criminal, departmental, civil, matrimonial and small claims cases;
- To enhance criminal justice administration by refining work processes through implementing centralised pre-trial processes that enhance deployment of judicial resources; enhancing and integrating computerised criminal case management systems so as to more effectively interface with stakeholders and expedite data exchange, court processes and information retrieval; implementing the sentencing information and research repository system to enhance research and knowledge management; implementing the new regulatory offences management system that enhances management of departmental cases; implementing new initiatives to expedite resolution of criminal cases;
- To enhance the delivery of civil justice through court-based and court-referred mediation programmes; implementing pre-action protocols to maximise the benefits of the mediation process; enhancing differentiated case management system and processes; implementing the integrated electronic filing and litigation system (iELS);
- To enhance family and juvenile justice administration by refining work processes; implementing programmes to facilitate family reconciliation and the rehabilitation of juvenile offenders; implementing initiatives relating to divorce counselling measures, the Mental Capacity Act and the Community Court;
- To enhance corporate governance by refining organisational learning and value-added training for Judicial Officers and court administrators; implementing practices and tools that enhance collective leadership and strategic management; implementing security and infrastructural enhancements to sustain quality services to court users; implementing the micro-filming, imaging and bar-coding of court records, and the digital-audio recording and transcription of cases that enhances the efficiency of court hearings; and
- To enhance IT infrastructure and systems for effective and expeditious management, processing and monitoring of cases, and to build up wider and stronger collaboration with other government agencies.
To find out more about the Subordinate Courts and our initiatives, please visit our website.
Attorney General's Chambers (AGC)
The mission of AGC is to enhance the rule of law and constitutional government in Singapore by providing sound legal advice and assistance in developing a fair and responsive legal system, furthering good public administration and protecting the interests of the State and of the people. A total budget of $286.5 million has been allocated to AGC in FY2012 to achieve this mission.
AGC comprises the Civil Division, Criminal Justice Division, State Prosecution Division, Economic Crimes and Governance Division, International Affairs Division, and Legislation and Law Reform Division. These six legal divisions are supported by the Corporate Services Division and the Information Division. The core values of AGC are: The Rule of Law, A Just Legal System, Integrity & Impartiality, Competence & Professionalism, Teamwork & Cooperation, and the Public Interest.
AGC aims to achieve the following outcomes:
- effective, sound, efficient and modern legislative framework;
- decisions and actions of public officers that comply with legal principles;
- a Government which is effectively and professionally represented in all legal matters;
- a just and effective criminal prosecutorial system;
- a nation which abides by international law; and
- a rule based regional and multi-lateral trading system as well as bilateral arrangement with key or strategic trading partners which safeguards and enhances Singapore’s interests.
To achieve these outcomes, AGC’s budget will be utilised for the following:
- provide sound legal advice and representation for the Government in civil cases, and matters involving constitutional and administrative law;
- enhance the rule of law and principles of good governance among government departments;
- promote a just criminal justice system which protects the public and ensures that wrongdoers are brought to justice;
- pursue a fair and impartial policy in the prosecution of offenders based on sufficient evidence and public interest;
- protect and advance Singapore’s interests internationally through effective practice and application of public international law;
- advise government departments on international law and represent the State in treaty negotiations and dispute resolution;
- draft legislation to give effect to Parliamentary intention in a simple, clear and concise manner;
- support Parliamentary Select Committees in legislation reviews and advise government on statutory interpretation;
- review and reform the law to meet the needs of Singapore and its people in the 21st century, in particular, complete the review of the Criminal Procedure Code;
- revise, consolidate, modernise and simplify legislation for the public to better understand the law and
- secure a long-term lease for the new office premises for AGC.
To find out more about the AGC and our initiatives, please feel free to visit our website.