THE SUPREME COURT
3. The Supreme Court shall be a superior court of record and shall consist of —
the High Court, which shall exercise original and appellate criminal and civil jurisdiction; and
the Court of Appeal, which shall exercise appellate civil and criminal jurisdiction.
4. The Judges of the Supreme Court shall take precedence in the following order:
the Chief Justice;
the vice-presidents of the Court of Appeal who among themselves shall rank according to the priority of their respective appointments as vice-presidents;
the Judges of Appeal (other than vice-presidents), who among themselves shall rank according to the priority of their respective appointments; and
the Judges of the High Court, who among themselves shall rank according to the priority of their respective appointments.
—(1) Whenever during any period, owing to illness or absence from Singapore or any other cause, the Chief Justice is unable to exercise the powers or perform the duties of his office, such powers shall be had and may be exercised and such duties shall be performed by the Judge having precedence next after the Chief Justice who is present in Singapore and able to act during that period.
(2) For the purposes of this section, temporary absence in any part of Malaysia shall not be deemed to be absence from Singapore.
6. The Supreme Court shall have and use as occasion may require a seal of such nature and pattern as the Chief Justice may, by notification in the Gazette1, prescribe.
1 Cap. 322, N 1 (1990 Ed.)
—(1) The High Court and the Court of Appeal shall have power to punish for contempt of court.
(2) Wilful disposal by a garnishee, otherwise than in accordance with law or by leave of the court, of any property attached in his hands or under his control by a notice of court, shall be deemed to be contempt.
(3) Wilful disobedience by a corporation to any order punishable by attachment may be punished by attachment of the directors or other officers of the corporation who are responsible for, or are knowingly a party to, such wilful disobedience.
—(1) The place in which any court is held for the purpose of trying any cause or matter, civil or criminal, shall be deemed an open and public court to which the public generally may have access.
(2) The court shall have power to hear any matter or proceedings or any part thereof in camera if the court is satisfied that it is expedient in the interests of justice, public safety, public security or propriety, or for other sufficient reason to do so.
(3) A court may at any time order that no person shall publish the name, address or photograph of any witness in any matter or proceeding or any part thereof tried or held or to be tried or held before it, or any evidence or any other thing likely to lead to the identification of any such witness.
(4) Any person who acts in contravention of any order under subsection (3) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years or to both.