Singapore to amend its statutory regime for the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments

Singapore's Ministry of Law is inviting members of the public to provide feedback on the proposed Reciprocal Enforcement of Foreign Judgments (Amendment) Bill (pdf).

The Bill will repeal Singapore's Reciprocal Enforcement of Commonwealth Judgments Act—which applies to judgments from Commonwealth jurisdictions such as Australia, Brunei, India and Malaysia, among others.

The Bill will amend Singapore's other statutory registration scheme, the Reciprocal Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act—which only applies to judgments from Hong Kong SAR—to, among other things:

  • preserve the registrability of final money judgments from Commonwealth jurisdictions and Hong Kong SAR
  • expand the definition of "judgment" to include judicial settlements, non-money judgments and interlocutory orders
  • allow for the enforcement of judgments rendered by foreign “inferior” courts
  • provide that a defendant is not deemed to have voluntarily submitted to the jurisdiction of the foreign court because the defendant entered an appearance for the sole purpose of inviting the foreign court, in its discretion, not to exercise its jurisdiction in the foreign proceedings.

The public consultation closes on 24 May 2019.

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