The Family Justice Courts (FJC) are established pursuant to the Family Justice Act which was passed by Parliament on 4 August 2014. The Family Justice Act was enacted based on the recommendations of the Committee for Family Justice which was formed in 2013 to review how Singapore’s family justice system may be reformed to address the needs of youth and families in distress.
FJC came into operation on 1 October 2014 and is a restructure of our court system to better serve litigants. By bringing together all family-related work under a specialised body of courts, we would be able to frame disputes from the perspective of families and the individuals within. This is in contrast to other types of cases which are traditionally dealt with in an adversarial manner. In addition, we would be able to provide a suite of family specific services, enhance processes and identify relevant training programmes that develop family-specific skills in judges, lawyers and other family practitioners.
The “Family Justice Courts” is the collective name for a body of courts which comprise the Family Division of the High Court, the Family Courts and the Youth Courts. These Courts are administered by the Presiding Judge of the Family Justice Courts. The Family Justice Courts will hear the full suite of family-related cases including all divorce and related matters, family violence cases, adoption and guardianship cases, Youth Court cases, applications for deputyship under the Mental Capacity Act, and probate and succession matters.
FJC deals with cases involving the following legislations:
- Administration of Muslim Law Act (Cap. 3)
- Adoption of Children Act (Cap. 4)
- Children and Young Persons Act (Cap. 38)
- Family Justice Act 2014 (Act 27 of 2014)
- Guardianship of Infants Act (Cap. 122)
- Inheritance (Family Provision) Act (Cap. 138)
- International Child Abduction Act (Cap. 143C)
- Intestate Succession Act (Cap. 146)
- Legitimacy Act (Cap. 162)
- Maintenance of Parents Act (Cap. 167B)
- Maintenance Orders (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act (Cap. 169)
- Mental Capacity Act (Cap. 177A)
- Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Act (Cap. 178A)
- Probate and Administration Act (Cap. 251)
- Status of Children (Assisted Reproduction Technology) Act 2013 (Act 16 of 2013)
- Voluntary Sterilization Act (Cap. 347)
- Vulnerable Adults Act 2018
- Wills Act (Cap.352)
- Women's Charter (Cap. 353)
Justice that protects, empowers, restores.
Making justice accessible to families and youth through effective counselling, mediation and adjudication.
Every case, with fairness
Every outcome, a way forward
Every individual, with respect.
The Family Justice Courts logo is a symbolic representation of shelter within the visual frame of a traditional courthouse. The outer maroon roof encapsulates the vision of the Family Justice Courts to be a source of justice that protects, empowers and restores individuals from troubled families. The inner roof reflects the commitment of those working within to build a vibrant, inclusive and cohesive community. An elegant typeface emphasises our aspiration to remain a modern and relevant, yet sturdy custodian of the rule of law.