In Neutral Evaluation, an unbiased third party such as a former Judge or Senior Counsel — the Neutral — hears your case either through written briefs and/or oral presentations. They consider the legal merits of your case and give you their reasoned opinion.
This adjudicatory process allows contending parties to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of their case and have a clearer sense of their positions in the discord.
Alternatively, Neutral Evaluation can be used to resolve entire disagreements if parties so wish.
Neutral Evaluation allows embattled parties to have a cost-effective and speedy ruling, avoiding hefty arbitration bills. The whole process is private and confidential.
Parties can choose whether to have a binding opinion or not and opt for a documents-only evaluation or an evaluation with hearing.
SMC has also worked with the Financial Industry Disputes Resolution Centre Ltd (FIDReC) to offer a modified Neutral Evaluation Scheme for cases which have been heard by FidReC.
Our distinguished panel of Neutrals comprises former Supreme Court Judges, Judicial Commissioners and Senior Counsel with extensive experience and knowledge in deciding legal issues. SMC will appoint the right Neutral for your case.
Begin the process
To request for Neutral Evaluation, download the form at Annex A of the Rules and send it to SMC with the administrative fee.
Singapore Mediation Centre, 1 Supreme Court Lane
Level 4, S.178879