Part XX: Bankruptcy and Winding Up Matters
- 143. Bankruptcy applications
- 144. Applications to set aside statutory demands made under the Bankruptcy Rules
- 145. Judicial Management and Winding Up applications under the Companies Act
- 146. Documents for use in open Court trials of contested winding-up applications
- Bundles of documents
- Bundles of authorities
- Opening statements
- Timeline for tendering documents
143. Bankruptcy applications
The following arrangements will apply to hearings of bankruptcy matters:
(1) Bankruptcy matters are divided into 2 parts, namely,
- (a) applications for bankruptcy orders; and
- (b) other applications under the Bankruptcy Act (Cap. 20) or Bankruptcy Rules (Cap. 20, R1), including:
- (i) applications to set aside statutory demands;
- (ii) applications to extend the time to set aside statutory demands; and
- (iii) applications for interim orders under Part V of the Bankruptcy Act.
(2) Ex parte applications for substituted service in bankruptcy proceedings will be dealt with by the Duty Registrar.
144. Applications to set aside statutory demands made under the Bankruptcy Rules
(1) Rule 97 of the Bankruptcy Rules allows debtors to apply to set aside statutory demands within 14 days from the date of service; or, where the demand was served outside jurisdiction, within 21 days.
(2) Without prejudice to Rule 98 of the Bankruptcy Rules, on an application to set aside a statutory demand based on a judgment or an order, the Court will not go behind the judgment or order and inquire into the validity of the debt.
(3) When the debtor:
- (a) claims to have a counterclaim, set-off or cross demand (whether or not he could have raised it in the action or proceedings in which the judgment or order was obtained) which equals or exceeds the amount of the debt or debts specified in the statutory demand; or
- (b) disputes the debt (not being a debt subject to a judgment or order),
- the Court will normally set aside the statutory demand if, in its opinion, on the evidence there is a genuine triable issue.
145. Judicial Management and Winding Up applications under the Companies Act
After a winding up application has been filed, the applicant or his solicitor should file the necessary documents using the checklist provided in the Electronic Filing Service. Once the necessary documents under the checklist have been filed, the applicant or his solicitor should generate and file the winding up memorandum before attending before the Duty Registrar in compliance with Rule 32 of the Companies (Winding Up) Rules. This requirement shall similarly apply to judicial management applications under the Companies Act.
146. Documents for use in open Court trials of contested winding-up applications
(1) This paragraph shall apply to trials of contested winding-up applications in open Court.
(2) To improve the conduct of contested winding-up applications and to reduce the time taken in the presentation of cases in Court, the following documents shall be prepared by the respective solicitors of the parties:
- (a) a bundle of documents (an agreed bundle where possible);
- (b) a bundle of authorities; and
- (c) an opening statement.
Bundles of documents
(3) For bundles of documents:
- (a) Documents to be used at trial should be consolidated into bundles paginated consecutively throughout at the top right hand corner. An index of the contents of each bundle in the manner and form set out in Form 12 of Appendix A of these Practice Directions must also be furnished. No bundle of documents is necessary in cases where parties are not relying on any document at the trial.
- (b) It is the responsibility of solicitors for all parties to agree and prepare an agreed bundle as soon as possible. The scope to which the agreement extends must be stated in the index sheet of the agreed bundle.
- (c) In cases where certain documents cannot be agreed upon, these should be separately bundled as the applicant’s or plaintiff’s bundle or such other party’s bundle as the case may be.
- (d) The requirements set out in paragraph 71(11)(c)-(f) shall, mutatis mutandis, be complied with in respect of proceedings falling within this paragraph.
- (e) The bundles of documents including the agreed bundle and core bundle, if applicable, shall be filed and served on all relevant parties at least 5 working days before trial.
Bundles of authorities
(4) The requirements set out in paragraph 71(12) to (13) shall, mutatis mutandis, be complied with in respect of proceedings falling within this paragraph.
(5) The requirements set out in paragraph 71(14) shall, mutatis mutandis, be complied with.
Timeline for tendering documents
(6) Paragraph 60(8) to (10) shall apply, mutatis mutandis, to proceedings to which this paragraph applies.