Singapore is currently undergoing civil justice reforms to ensure that our Courts, as a forum for dispute resolution, remain relevant, effective and efficient for litigants. The German Courts are renowned for their cost and time efficiencies. Although the German legal system is a civil law system and it is an adversarial system, there is a balance between party autonomy and the active management and supervisory role played by the German Courts. How do the German Courts manage, supervise and in some instances, expedite civil Court proceedings? What is the role of the parties in presenting facts and evidence for their respective cases? How do the German Courts give their preliminary advisory opinions on the case before receiving the evidence and full submissions at trial? How do the German Courts receive documentary evidence, and ensure that all relevant documents are before the Court, without the discovery process? Lastly, how are lawyers’ fees and court fees made transparent and predictable to the litigants? To address these points and more, the Singapore Academy of Law, in collaboration with the German Singapore Lawyers Association, are pleased to present, Civil Justice Reforms – The German Experience.
04.15PM Opening Remarks
The Honourable Justice Aedit Abdullah, Supreme Court of Singapore
His Excellency Dr. Ulrich A. Sante, German Ambassador to Singapore
04.30PM Presentation by Mr Claus Lenz, Partner, LST Lenz Schuhmacher Tap
05.30PM Panel Discussion and Q & A
Moderator: Dr. Thomas R. Klötzel, Thümmel, Schütze & Partner
Panellists: Mr Ian Lim, TSMP Law Corporation
Ms Joy Tan, WongPartnership LLP
05.45PM Networking Reception
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