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Enforcement of Foreign Judgments
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Enforcing the foreign judgment
7.1
Once a declaration of enforceability has been granted, how can the foreign judgment be enforced?
Singapore

Answer ... The usual modes of enforcing judgments that are issued by the Singapore courts will apply. Generally, these include:

  • writ of seizure and sale of immovable and movable properties (including securities such as shares and debentures);
  • garnishee orders to require third parties that are indebted to the judgement debtor (eg, banks) to pay the amount of such debt due to the applicant instead, in satisfaction of the judgment; and
  • appointment of a receiver by way of equitable execution.

In extreme cases, the applicant may also choose to commence bankruptcy or winding-up proceedings against the judgment debtor.

To aid the enforcement process, the applicant may also apply to examine the judgment debtor on his property. If the judgment debtor fails to appear for the examination hearing, the applicant may also ask for an order to commit the judgment debtor for contempt of court.

For more information about this answer please contact: Joseph Lopez from Joseph Lopez LLP
7.2
Can the foreign judgment be enforced against third parties?
Singapore

Answer ... See question 7.1 on the enforcement of judgments via garnishee orders.

For more information about this answer please contact: Joseph Lopez from Joseph Lopez LLP
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