17 March 2018
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Law Soc: Feedback on the High Court protocol for medical negligence cases

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Certain documents mentioned in this notice are accessible only by Law Society Members with their user ID and password via The Law Society of Singapore website.

The Law Society invites feedback on the High Court Protocol for Medical Negligence Cases (accessible here).

The new Protocol, which took effect from 1 July 2017, aims to: (i) increase the prospect of amicable resolution of disputes by facilitating the exchange of relevant information and medical records; and (ii) streamline litigation proceedings for medical negligence cases. Part 1 of the Protocol 'prescribes a framework for pre-writ exchange of information with a view to resolving medical negligence disputes without protracted litigation'. Part 2 sets out pre-trial procedures for medical negligence cases, including the filing of medical reports with pleadings, steps to be taken after the close of pleadings to narrow down facts and issues in dispute, and prompt involvement of judges with the introduction of a modified case management process. Part 3 sets out the framework for the appointment and scope of involvement of a medical assessor at various stages of medical negligence proceedings.

In your view, is the Protocol satisfactory? The Law Society invites members to share their views and comments on the Protocol by 12 January 2018 to sanjaykrishnan@lawsoc.org.sg.