Supreme Court Staff Workplan Seminar 2009
Held on 24 April 2009, the Supreme Court Staff Workplan Seminar 2009 marks the second year of the organisation’s two-year workplan as established in 2008. This year’s seminar was themed “Reaching Out – Our Community & Beyond”, so as to ensure continuity with the previous year’s focus on ‘Reaching Out’.
In his speech at the seminar, Mr Foo Chee Hock, Registrar of the Supreme Court, addressed key issues for the year that included the holistic role of each Supreme Court staff, as well as the importance of proficiency, professionalism, excellence and ownership in daily work.
Each Directorate presented their respective workplans, and various teams put up skits to share what they had learnt. Staff were also treated to a sterling performance by the St Joseph’s Institution military band.
Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong graced the occasion and presented various awards to staff, such as the National Day Awards, the Excellent Service and Star Service Awards, as well as prizes to winning Work Improvement Teams.
The Supreme Court Legal Colloquium, an annual retreat for the Registrars and Justices’ Law Clerks to participate in team-building activities and exchange updates on the law, was held on 28 August 2009.
At the event, the Justices’ Law Clerks shared about the significant decisions that had been delivered by the Court of Appeal within the past year. Guest speaker Mr Khoo Boon Hui, Commissioner of Police, also spoke to the Registrars and Justices’ Law Clerks about his experience as a career police officer.
Supreme Court Translation Audio Resource System (STARS)
The Supreme Court Translation Audio Resource System (STARS), a database system used by interpreters as a preparation process for court hearings, was successfully installed and commissioned on 6 March 2009. This system will help to build staff capability and empower the interpreters to create greater value for the organisation through innovation.
Phase I of the STARS project was completed with an initial database of almost 7,000 commonly used terms in five main categories, compiled by the interpreters to ensure uniformity and consistency in translation and interpretation. The interpreters have now embarked on Phase II, which will expand the database to cover 20,000 terms. In addition, a standalone version of STARS was developed to ensure that users need not worry about the availability of the local area network to access STARS. This standalone version of STARS also provides users with the flexibility to build their own database of terms.
Integrated Business Excellence Awards 2009
The Supreme Court was successful in its inaugural bid for the Integrated Business Excellence Award, which entails re-certification by SPRING Singapore. This award also serves to recognise organisations that have attained a commendable level of business excellence in three areas - the Singapore Quality Class (SQC), People Developer Standard (PDS) and Innovation Class (I-Class).
The Supreme Court was accorded the SQC Star for scoring exceptionally well against the SQC business excellence framework, which was developed based on widely accepted international models. The SQC Star also serves as a national recognition for organisations with sound management systems and processes in seven dimensions - Leadership, Planning, Information, People, Processes, Customers and Results. Additionally, the successful re-certification of the PDS and I-Class awards is an affirmation of the Supreme Court’s commitment to achieve business excellence in the area of people development and court innovation.