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3 Jurisdiction

Adeline Chong, Man Yip

From: Singapore Private International Law: Commercial Issues and Practice

Adeline Chong, Yip Man

From: Oxford Legal Research Library (http://olrl.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 27 February 2024

Choice of court and jurisdictional agreements — Jurisdiction

This chapter focuses on the civil jurisdiction of the Singapore courts. It elaborates on the jurisdiction of the general division of the Singapore High Court. The effect of the establishment of the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC) is that some jurisdictional regime rules of the General Division of the High Court are pushed aside when the case is to be heard in the SICC. On the other hand, the enactment of the Choice of Court Agreements Act (CCAA) resulted in the displacement of the jurisdictional rules of both the General Division and the SICC. The chapter explains that the reform of service out of jurisdiction rules (found in the Rules of Court 2021) signal a marked change in the attitude towards taking extraterritorial jurisdiction over foreign defendants in modern international litigation. It also looks into the new terminology under the Rules of Court 2021.

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