The High Court's jurisdiction is as follows: generally, a civil case is commenced in the High Court if the subject matter of the claim exceeds S0,000.
Criminal cases involving offences which carry the death penalty and generally those punishable with imprisonment for a term exceeding ten years, are prosecuted in the High Court.
The group also consists of central and regional laboratories.
They maintain AASHTO accreditation for the state and provide materials-related technical support; conduct research into construction materials and methods; develop test methods and specifications; and perform testing of soils and aggregates, asphaltic concrete, asphalt binder, concrete, cement, steel and other structural materials.
In 1878 the jurisdiction and residence of judges was made more flexible, thus impliedly abolishing the geographical division of the Supreme Court.
During the Japanese occupation of Singapore (1942–1945), all the courts that had operated under the British were replaced by new courts established by the Japanese Military Administration.