Family Justice Courts Practice Directions

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Part XIIA – Vulnerable Adults Act

71A. Applications under Vulnerable Adults Act

(1) The directions in this Part apply to any proceedings or applications filed under the Vulnerable Adults Act.

(2) Unless otherwise directed by the Registrar, all applications made under the Vulnerable Adults Act shall be filed in person at the Registry of the Family Justice Courts located at 3 Havelock Square Level 1 Singapore 059725 in the following manner:

(a) applications made under sections 11(2), 12 and 15 of the Vulnerable Adults Act shall be electronically filed through IFAMS. Part VIIA of these Practice Directions shall apply with the necessary modifications; and

(b) all other applications under the Vulnerable Adults Act shall made in hard copy in the form prescribed for Complaints to Magistrates under the Criminal Procedure Rules 2018.

(3) The Court may reject any document filed if there are errors or if the document does not comply with the Family Justice Rules, these Practice Directions or any directions made by the Court.

71B. Forms to be filed

(1) A medical report filed pursuant to rule 295H(1) of the Family Justice Rules shall be in Form 64G in Appendix A to these Practice Directions, with the necessary modifications.

(2) An interlocutory application in the proceedings shall in Form 64H in Appendix A to these Practice Directions.

71C. Application for Court Records

(1) An application for a copy of any part of the record of any proceeding must be made in Form 211 in Appendix A to these Practice Directions. Upon approval, the requisite number of copies of the record of proceeding applied for shall be made available for collection for a period of 21 calendar days from the date specified in the notification given to the applicant.

(2) Where the copy of any record of proceedings applied for is not collected by the applicant within the time given by sub-paragraph (1), the copy of the record of proceedings shall be disposed of and the applicant must make a fresh application if he still requires a copy of the relevant record of proceedings.

(3) Any application for the waiver or remission of any fee payable for a copy of any record of proceedings may be made to the Registrar of the Family Justice Courts and the grant of such an application shall be in the absolute discretion of the Registrar.

71D. Pre-hearing matters

(1) The applicant and respondent (if any) in the proceedings must inform the Court dealing with a case conference on the matter or the Judge presiding over the case of all relevant matters that may affect the hearing of the case including, but not limited to, the following matters:

(a) applications relating to the same vulnerable adult in other proceedings;

(b) related proceedings which are pending in any Court;

(c) the number and identity of the witnesses that will be called to give evidence and who had agreed to give evidence for the party concerned; and

(d) challenges to expert reports.

(2) The Court may, in its discretion, allow an unsworn statement to be filed for use at the hearing of the application in lieu of an affidavit.

(3) The applicant and respondent are to make their own arrangements for the witnesses they intend to call to give evidence at the hearing of the application, including applying for a Summons to a Witness where necessary.

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