OFFICERS AND OFFICES
—(1) The President may, on the recommendation of the Chief Justice, appoint a Registrar, a Deputy Registrar and Assistant Registrars of the Supreme Court.
—(1) The Registrar, the Deputy Registrar and the Assistant Registrars shall, subject to the provisions of this Act or any other written law, have such jurisdiction, powers and duties as may be prescribed by Rules of Court.
(2) Subject to Rules of Court, all the powers and duties conferred and imposed on the Registrar may be exercised or performed by the Deputy Registrar or the Assistant Registrars.
—(1) The Registrar shall be the Sheriff and the Deputy Registrar shall be the Deputy Sheriff and the Assistant Registrars shall be the Assistant Sheriffs of the Supreme Court.
(2) The Deputy Sheriff and the Assistant Sheriffs shall have all the powers and privileges and may perform all the duties of the Sheriff.
—(1) The Sheriff or his officers shall —
execute all writs, summonses, rules, orders, warrants, commands and process of the Supreme Court given to him by the Court for that purpose;
make a return of the same together with the manner of the execution thereof to the Supreme Court from which the process issued; and
receive all such persons as are committed to his custody by the Supreme Court.
(2) The Sheriff or his officers in executing any writ of seizure and sale or any other writ of execution or of distress may effect an entry into any building, and for that purpose if necessary may break open any outer or inner door or window of the building or any receptacle therein, using such force as is reasonably necessary to effect an entry.
65. Where in any cause or matter the Sheriff is an interested party, the court may appoint for that purpose an officer or person who may act in the place of the Sheriff.
—(1) Subject to such directions as may be given by the Chief Justice, the Registrar may authorise a solicitor or a person employed by a solicitor to exercise the powers and perform the duties of an officer of the Sheriff during such period or on such occasion as the Registrar thinks fit and subject to such terms and conditions as the Registrar may determine.
—(1) An Accountant shall be appointed by the Chief Justice for the Supreme Court.
(2) Such Accountant shall do all things necessary to execute the orders of the Supreme Court relating to the payment or delivery or depositing of suitors’ money, jewels, precious stones and securities into or in his custody, and investing the money of suitors and keeping the accounts thereof.
—(1) There shall be attached to the Supreme Court commissioners for oaths, interpreters, clerks, process servers and other officers as shall, from time to time, appear to the Chief Justice to be necessary for the administration of justice and the due execution of all powers and duties which are vested in the Supreme Court.
(2) Such of the officers attached to the Supreme Court as may be thought necessary or proper for the performance of any special duties in connection with any particular Judge may, with the approval of the Chief Justice, be attached to that Judge.
—(1) The Registrar, the Deputy Registrar and the Assistant Registrars shall be ex-officio commissioners for oaths.
(2) The Senate of the Singapore Academy of Law may appoint fit and proper persons to be commissioners for oaths (subject to any limitations expressed in their appointment) who may do all or any of the following things:
receive acknowledgements of married women in all cases where such acknowledgements are required by law to be taken before a public officer;
receive acknowledgements of recognisances of bail and bail bonds;
administer oaths for —
the justification for bail;
taking any affidavit or affirmation;
receiving and taking the answer, plea, demurrer, disclaimer, allegation or examination of any party or parties to any action;
the examination of any witnesses upon any interrogatories or de bene esse or in chief or on any other occasions;
swearing executors and administrators; and
swearing persons in any cause or matter which is pending or about to be instituted in any court in any of its jurisdiction;
take and receive statutory declarations.
(3) The Senate of the Singapore Academy of Law may make rules for the appointment and conduct of, fees to be charged by, fees payable to the Singapore Academy of Law by, and for all things appertaining to, commissioners for oaths and persons appointed by the Senate under subsection (2).
69. The Registrar, the Deputy Registrar, the Assistant Registrars and such other officers of the Supreme Court as may be required by the Chief Justice shall, before exercising the functions of their respective offices, take and subscribe the appropriate oath of office set out in the Second Schedule.
—(1) The Registry of the Supreme Court shall be open on every day of the year except on Sundays and public holidays.
(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), the Registrar may lawfully sit or carry out the business of the Registry on a Sunday or public holiday if —
the Chief Justice has directed the Registrar to do so on that day; or
in the opinion of the Registrar, the business to be despatched is extremely urgent.
(3) The office hours of the Registry shall be such times as the Chief Justice may from time to time direct.