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The WEATHER on THURSDAY (14 Mar 2002): Generally fair and warm and slightly hazy.   WEATHER OUTLOOK:  FRIDAY & SATURDAY: The fair, warm and slightly hazy condition is expected to persist.   WATER TIDES (this month)  High tide 12.07am  2.5m   11.37pm   2.8m    SUN Sunrise  7.11am    Sunset 7.17pm   MOON  Moonrise  7.19am  Moonset   7.37pm    PSI: 49 (good)   TEMPERATURE: 25-33 degrees Celsius (The weather is updated daily before 8am Singapore time) For more information, call Meteorological Service Singapore Tel: (65) 542 7788.

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  The Small Claims Tribunals are part of the Subordinate Courts of Singapore. The Tribunals were established on 1st February 1985 to provide a quick and inexpensive forum for the resolution of small claims between consumers and suppliers.

  The Tribunals have jurisdiction to hear claims not exceeding S$10,000, where the claims relate to disputes arising from:

  1. a contract for the sale of goods; or

  2. a contract for the provision of services; or

  3. tortious damage to property (but not including damage arising in connection with motor vehicle accidents

  With both parties' written consent, the jurisdiction of the Tribunals can be raised to S$20,000.

  All claims must be lodged or filed at the Small Claims Tribunals within one year from the date on which the dispute arose.

  Lawyers are not allowed to represent any of the parties in the proceedings before the Tribunals. Usually, costs are not awarded to the winning party.

  To lodge or file a claim at the Tribunals, a party is required to pay a lodgement fee as follows:


up to $5,000

$5,001 - $10,000

$10,001 - $20,000

Consumer $10 $20 1% of claim amount
Non-consumer $50 $100 3% of claim amount

  Claims may be lodged at the Small Claims Tribunals on the following days:

  Mon - Fri  :  9am - 12pm; 2pm - 4pm

  Sat          :  9am - 12pm

  Claims may also be lodged via facsimile. Forms can be obtained through their teleresponse system at (65) 6435 5937. Payment of fees can be made by post. Currently, filing over the Internet is available ONLY to certain authorised users.

  A Consultation/Mediation before the Registrar is held within 14 days. If the dispute is not settled, a Hearing is convened within 7 days after the Consultation/Mediation. For tourist or urgent claims, both the Consultation/Mediation and the Hearing are held within 24 hours.

  The Small Claims Tribunals may issue:

  1. a Money Order

  If the person against whom the order is made fails to pay the amount stated in the Money Order, the claimant may issue a Writ of Seizure and Sale against his/her property. This will enable his/her properties to be seized and auctioned. This Writ is carried out by the Bailiffs Section of the Subordinate Courts of Singapore.

  2. a Work Order

  If the person against whom the order is made refuses to comply with a Work Order, the claimant may apply to the Tribunals to enforce the Work Order. The Tribunals may vary the Work Order or replace it with a Money Order.

  For more information, please click HERE!

Source: Small Claims Tribunals, Subordinate Courts of Singapore


All business and residential telephone numbers in Singapore now have a new prefix "6". Our new telephone numbers are 62824221 and 62814785 (fax).

NEW WEBSITES is the revamped Subordinate Courts website. It has online maps, complete with moving footsteps, to show the location of every courtroom in the courts. There are also step-by-step guides on, for example, how to apply for a divorce or resolve a civil dispute. Lawyers can also check the lists of scheduled hearings in every court, as the information has been put online. is the website of the Association of Singapore Actors - the first and only association for actors here. Its main objective is developing and maintaining professional standards and upholding the integrity of the actors in the community.  is the website of the new "Remaking Singapore" Committee which aims to reach out to a wide cross- section of Singaporeans to understand their aspirations and goals; and to explore new ideas, directions and plans to re-make Singapore.

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Thursday's News


Local banks must rotate their auditors once every five years to prevent such accounts-scrutineers from becoming too committed or beholden to their customers. The directive by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) - which may be extended to listed companies - will cause auditing giant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) an estimated S$5.7 million a year. This is because the world's biggest accounting firm currently audits all three local banks. (1)

More than three out of four young adults here have no immunity to dengue as they have never been exposed to the dengue virus, reports a new two-year study which checked 184 healthy undergraduates at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Last year, four people died of the disease here and there were 46 new cases a week on average. The weekly number peaked at 126 in July. (1)

From Saturday, the stretch of Nicoll Highway between Merdeka Bridge and Ophir Road will be closed for two years as construction work on the first phase of the S$6.7 billion Circle MRT Line gets underway. By year-end, the last stretch of the underground City Link shopping mall, from City Hall to Suntec City, will be closed temporarily. Retail outlets will not be affected, but pedestrians will have to get out into the open from the underpass near Raffles Boulevard. Close to 2.2 million people visit Suntec City every month, said a Suntec City spokesman, adding that the construction works would cause great inconvenience to conference participants, shoppers and office tenants. (3)

New curbs on unskilled foreign workers from countries other than Malaysia will be in place from June 1, the Manpower Ministry (MOM) said yesterday. MOM's target is for Singapore's reliance on foreign labour to reach 70 per cent of the 1999 foreign-worker levels by 2005; and 50 per cent by 2010. (H4)

Ms CHU Mei-feng, 36, who was at the centre of a sex scandal in Taiwan last last year, arrived in Singapore yesterday for her debut series of nine concerts at the Golden Theatre, starting tomorrow. (H4)



Around the world

Houston: On Tuesday, after 17 days of testimony from 38 witnesses, the jury took less than four hours to reach a verdict convicting Andrea Yates of capital murder - for which she could be sentenced to death today. Yates, 37, said she had drowned Noah, 7, John, 5, Paul, 3, Luke, 2, and Mary, 6 months, in the bathtub of their Houston home on June 20, 2001 to save them from Satan, who she believed was threatening to take their souls. (10)


To assist you in tracing the above news articles in The Straits Times, we have provided the section and page numbers at the end of each news article. Therefore, (12): main section page 12; (S4): sports section page 4; (A10): asia section page 10; (L3): life section page 3.

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