SIAC (2016)—evidence
Produced in partnership with Mr Alvin Yeo, Senior Counsel, Chairman & Senior Partner of Wong Partnership LLP, Singapore
SIAC (2016)—evidence

The following Arbitration guidance note Produced in partnership with Mr Alvin Yeo, Senior Counsel, Chairman & Senior Partner of Wong Partnership LLP, Singapore provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • SIAC (2016)—evidence
  • Evidence and conduct of proceedings
  • Written submissions
  • Documentary evidence
  • Witness and expert evidence
  • Confidentiality

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This Practice Note considers the core provisions of the Arbitration Rules of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) (6th edition) 2016 (2016 SIAC Rules) concerning the presentation of evidence.

The 2016 SIAC Rules apply to arbitrations commenced on or after 1 August 2016, unless the parties have agreed otherwise.

For guidance on the 2013 SIAC Rules, see: SIAC arbitration—overview.

Evidence and conduct of proceedings

In arbitration proceedings under the 2016 SIAC Rules, a tribunal can conduct the arbitration in the manner the tribunal considers appropriate, after consulting the parties, in order to ensure a fair, expeditious, economical and final determination of the dispute (2016 SIAC Rules, r 19.1). The tribunal has wide discretion to decide on the procedure to be adopted and on how evidence has to be adduced.

Although the 2016 SIAC Rules are not overly prescriptive regarding evidence, rule 19.2 provides that the tribunal will determine the relevance, materiality and admissibility of all evidence. It is also worth noting that, pursuant to rule 19.2, the tribunal is