30 October 2019
The Reciprocal Enforcement of Foreign Judgments (Amendment) Act 2019 (“REFJ(A) Act”) has come into operation on 3 October 2019 and while the Reciprocal Enforcement of Commonwealth Judgments (Repeal) Act 2019 (“RECJA Repeal Act”) was gazetted on 1 October 2019, it has yet to come into force.
The effect of the two Acts will be to consolidate Singapore’s statutory regime on the reciprocal enforcement of foreign judgments into a single framework. The RECJA Repeal Act repeals the Reciprocal Enforcement of Commonwealth Judgments Act and makes consequential amendments to the Reciprocal Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act (“REFJA”) and the International Arbitration Act.
The REFJ(A) Act expands the types of judgments from a foreign country which may be registered and enforced under the REFJA as well as enabling judgments from any court of a foreign country to be so registered and enforced.
The Reciprocal Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act 2019 can be accessed from the Singapore Statutes Online website sso.agc.gov.sg.