Proposed Singapore international commercial court to be put up for consultation soon

Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, who first floated the idea in January, said the court will serve as an additional avenue for parties to settle international commercial disputes "before a group of some of the most eminent judges".

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SINGAPORE - Close to 30 Chief Justices from more than 40 jurisdictions in the Asia and Pacific region are gathered in Singapore to attend the 15th Conference of Chief Justices of Asia and the Pacific from 28 Oct to 30 Oct 2013 at the Supreme Court of Singapore. This morning the Chief Justices and their delegations attended the opening joint plenary session of the Chief Justices' Conference and the 26th LAWASIA conference where Chief Justice Menon delivered the keynote address entitled "Transnational Commercial Law: Realities, Challenges and A Call for Meaningful Convergence". After the joint plenary session, the Chief Justices and their delegations continued their discussions at the Supreme Court.

Hosted by The Supreme Court of Singapore, this biennial gathering of the Chief Justices brings together Chief Justices and senior Judges from the Asia Pacific region to discuss issues of mutual interest pertinent to the judiciary. The theme for this year's conference is the search for ways to achieve the establishment of the core values of an effective judiciary, such as the integrity, independence, transparency and securing access to justice as well as the role of the Judiciary in supporting the growth of transnational commerce. A listing of the jurisdictions attending the CJ Conference is attached at Annex A. More information about the Conference is available at

Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon said, "It is an immense honour and privilege for the Singapore Judiciary to have this opportunity to host this gathering of Chief Justices and representatives from the various jurisdictions. It is a historic occasion for us to host such an illustrious group of senior judges. We have an excellent program and I look forward to participating in a series of rich discussions over the next three days when we will hear and learn from one another.".