THE ARBITRATION PROCESS
STEP

01

COMMENCEMENT OF ARBITRATION

Claimant serves a written Notice of Arbitration to the Respondent.
RULE 4

STEP

02

RESPONSE TO THE NOTICE

Respondent shall serve a Response on the Claimant.
RULE 5

TIME FRAME

Within 14 days of receiving the NOA

STEP

03

APPOINTMENT OF THE TRIBUNAL

3 Arbitrators shall be appointed unless the parties have agreed otherwise.

Each party shall appoint 1 arbitrator, and the 2 Arbitrators thus appointed shall appoint the third Arbitrator.

If parties agree a Sole Arbitrator is to be appointed, that Arbitrator shall be
appointed by parties' agreement. RULE 6

COST WINDOW

Payment of Arbitrator Appointment Fee due
to Arbitrator upon appointment (whether appointed by parties or by SCMA) RULE 6.5

ARBITRATOR(S) APPOINTED:

Proceed to STEP 04

ARBITRATOR(S) NOT APPOINTED:

The Chairman shall appoint the
Arbitrator upon the application with
payment of fees of any of the parties if:

A) A Party fails to appoint the Arbitrator within 14 days of a receipt of a request to do so from the other party

B) A Sole Arbitrator is to be appointed and parties cannot agree on the appointment within 14 days from the date of service of the Notice of Arbitration

C) The 2 Arbitrators fail to agree on the appointment of the Third Arbitrator within 14 days of their appointment

COST WINDOW

Letter of Appointment
released upon full
payment of
Appointment Service
Fee RULE 6.4

STEP

04

STATEMENT OF CLAIMANT’S CASE

The Claimant shall deliver to the Tribunal and serve on the Respondent, a
Statement of Claimant’s Case. RULE 8

TIME FRAME

30 days after the
appointment
of the Tribunal

STEP

05

STATEMENT OF RESPONDENT’S DEFENCE

The Respondent shall deliver to the Tribunal and serve on the Claimant, a
Statement of Respondent’s Defence and Counterclaim (if any).

TIME FRAME

Within 30 days after the
Service of the Statement
of Claimant’s Case

STEP

06

STATEMENT OF CLAIMANT’S REPLY

If the Claimant intends to challenge anything in the Statement of Respondent’s
Defence and/or Counterclaim, the Claimant shall then deliver to the Tribunal
and serve on the Respondent, a Statement of Claimant’s Reply. RULE 8

TIME FRAME

Within 30 days after
the Service of the
Statement of
Respondent’s Defence

STEP

07

COMPLETION OF QUESTIONNAIRE

Unless otherwise agreed, Parties shall serve a completed Questionnaire
(Schedule A) to the Tribunal and the other party.
RULE 25.3.

TIME FRAME

Within 14 days after
the time fixed for service
of the Statement of
the Claimant’s Reply.

STEP

08

CONDUCT OF THE PROCEEDINGS

Subject to these Rules, the Tribunal shall decide the arbitration procedure,
including all procedural and evidential matters subject to the right of the parties
to agree any matter. RULE 25.

STEP

09

CLOSURE OF PROCEEDINGS

The Tribunal shall at an appropriate stage declare the proceedings closed and
proceed to an Award. RULE 32

STEP

10

THE AWARD

Unless all parties agree otherwise, the Tribunal shall make its reasoned Award
in writing. RULE 36

TIME FRAME

Within 3 months from the
date which the
proceedings are closed.


FEES
SCHEDULE OF FEES
AMOUNT
EXPLANATORY NOTE
APPOINTMENT FEE
SGD 500 per
appointment
This is paid to the arbitrator upon appointment
(whether appointed by parties or SCMA Chairman)
RULE 6.5
APPOINTMENT SERVICE FEE
SGD 1,500 per request
This is paid to SCMA to appoint an arbitrator for the SCMA Chairman to appoint an arbitrator under RULE 6.
BOOKING FEE FOR TRIBUNAL
SGD 1,500 per day
This is paid to the tribunal for each hearing day
reserved. RULE 6.6 & 29.
ARBITRATOR’S FEES
(Small Claims Procedure only)
USD 5,000 (claim only)
USD 8,000
(with counterclaim)
Per RULE 46.12.
AUTHENTICATION OF AN SCMA 
ARBITRATION AWARDS
SGD 150 per award
Per RULE 36.10.
CERTIFYING A COPY OF AN
SCMA AUTHENTICATED AWARD
SGD 150 per award
Waived if a Request to Certify accompanies a
Request to Authenticate in respect of that
same Award.
FUND HOLDING
Fund holding fee -
SGD 1,200 per annum

Transaction Fee -
SGD 100 per transaction
Per RULE 36.10.

VIRTUAL HEARINGS

SPECIMEN DIRECTIONS FOR VIRTUAL HEARINGS

EXPLANATORY NOTES TO VIRTUAL HEARINGS






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ARTICLE 51
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QUESTION

01

Who can use SCMA Arbitration Rules?
QUESTION

02

How much is the SCMA filing fee and/or administrative fees?
QUESTION

03

How is SCMA funded?
QUESTION

04

What are the benefits of SCMA membership?
QUESTION

05

Does SCMA act as Appointing Authority?
QUESTION

06

Who pays the Appointment Service Fee?
QUESTION

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Does SCMA hold funds on behalf of parties and/or tribunal for its costs?
QUESTION

08

Who pays the Fund Holding Fee?
QUESTION

09

Can SCMA appoint arbitrators in ad-hoc cases?
QUESTION

10

I have claims arising out of multiple arbitration references against the same party, and would like the Chairman of the SCMA to appoint an arbitrator to these proceedings. How many appointing service fees do I need to pay?
QUESTION

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Does SCMA offer authentication and certification services?
QUESTION

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How do I commence an SCMA Arbitration?
QUESTION

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How is a Notice of Arbitration filed?
QUESTION

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How are arbitrator appointment fees paid?
QUESTION

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How are tribunal fees paid?
QUESTION

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Is there a summary procedure?
QUESTION

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Does SCMA maintain a panel of arbitrators?
QUESTION

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What are the substantive requirements for admission to the SCMA Panel of Arbitrators?
QUESTION

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How do I apply to be an SCMA Panel Arbitrator?
QUESTION

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What if I do not meet the requirements for Panel admission?
QUESTION

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QUESTION

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What is the difference between SCMA (Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration) and SIAC (Singapore International Arbitration Centre)?
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