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State Courts of Singapore


The Judiciary is one of the three constitutional pillars of government along with the Legislature and the Executive. As an Organ of State, the Judiciary's function is to independently administer justice. The Chief Justice is the head of the Judiciary which comprises the Supreme Court and the State Courts (originally called Subordinate Courts).

The State Courts of Singapore include the District Courts, the Magistrates´ Courts, the Specialised Courts (i.e. Family Courts, Juvenile Courts, etc.) and the Small Claims Tribunals. As a critical component of the Judiciary, the State Courts handle more than 95% of the Judiciary's caseload.

The Presiding Judge has overall responsibility for the leadership and management of the State Courts

The Presiding Judge of the State Courts is assisted by the Deputy Presiding Judge who concurrently heads the Corporate Services Division as Registrar of the State Courts. The Presiding Judge and Deputy Presiding Judge are supported by the Leadership Team comprising the Principal District Judges/ Heads of Division, senior judicial officers and senior court administrators. The Leadership is supported by court administrators from the six divisions in the State Courts.