Singapore Exports Its Judiciary – A Bold Move and A Win for All

How do your export an institution like the Judiciary? Singapore shows the way in a Report titled REPORT OF THE SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL COURT COMMITTEE, which was released by the Singapore Ministry of Law in November 2013.

The Supreme Court of Singapore had at the beginning of 2013 announced that it will be setting up the Singapore international Commercial Court, (“SICC”) which will have the power and authority to hear commercial cases which have minimal or no connection to Singapore. This report provides more details of the mechanics of this venture. It also sets out some of the challenges that will have to be addressed.

Singapore has arguably, the most highly regarded and progressive judiciary in the region. Judgements are well reasoned and the quality of the jurisprudence is consistently high. Singapore Judges are honest, smart, hardworking and prolific. the judiciary is definitely export quality, and one that Singapore’s neighbours cannot easily emulate.

The report indicates that motivation for an International Court stems from an opportunity for Singapore to cement its leading position as the dispute resolution hub of Asia, in tandem with the expected growth of dispute resolution opportunities in Asia.

This innovative move reminds us that justice is also a business, We think this this is a very smart move by Singapore, and is a win for local and international lawyers, consumers of justice and the nation as a whole.

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