As legal professionals, we understand the importance of respecting the time and resources of Singapore’s courts. The consequences of wasting the court’s time and resources affect not only lawyers but also our clients. Therefore, it’s important to know what some of these actions are and why they should be avoided.
Examples of wasting the court’s time and resources
One way that an individual can waste the court’s time and resources is by making false statements or submitting irrelevant documents as evidence. These acts tend to delay the progress and administration of justice.
Other examples include: not showing up for court proceedings despite being made aware, not complying with court orders, or even your lawyer acting improperly, unreasonably, or negligently by not following professional standards. This can include submitting a poorly drafted opening statement with unclear references, which may slow down the entire court process and is something a good lawyer would avoid. Such actions can lead to added costs for the court, which will eventually affect the parties involved in the case.
The consequences of wasting court resources and how to avoid it
Every year, Singapore’s courts hear hundreds of thousands of cases. By devoting time to unjustified cases, the court may get stretched out when having to deal with more complex, pressing issues.
The court can issue special orders against any party who has wasted the court’s time and resources, like billing them for additional expenses incurred. If a lawyer had acted unreasonably, improperly, or negligently, they may also be personally liable for the costs.
If the claims made in court are baseless or the applications are frivolous, the court may dismiss both the case and the applications. We advise our clients to be honest, prepared, and respectful of the courts and the legal process. Being upfront will also help you avoid unnecessary delays and expenses, while being prepared can help ensure that your case is resolved as efficiently as possible.
It is also important to comply with court orders and to be respectful of the court, their staff, and the other parties involved in your case.
Engaging a Lawyer
Legal proceedings are serious matters and should be treated with due diligence and respect. If you do not have adequate knowledge about your case and legal procedures, it’s always best to consult a lawyer for guidance and representation.
Mr. Amarjit Singh Sidhu of Amarjit Sidhu Law Corporation has represented numerous clients in a wide variety of matters over the years, from traffic offences and high-profile criminal cases to family and divorce matters. With a vast knowledge of Singapore’s laws and a wealth of experience, Mr. Amarjit Singh Sidhu will be able to provide valuable and timely advice for your situation. For more information, feel free to contact us for a consultation.