Straits Law Practice LLC successfully resisted against application to set aside registration of Foreign Judgment

Straits Law Practice LLC appointed and instructed foreign counsel, who represented Resorts World At Sentosa Pte Ltd (“RWS”) against an application to set aside the registration of Foreign Judgment in Western Australia, Perth.

Judgment was first obtained against the judgment debtor in Singapore. RWS then applied to register the judgment in Western Australia, which was resisted by the Judgment Debtor on the basis that it was contrary to public policy. Section 63 of the Gaming and Wagering Commission Act 1987 (WA) prohibits credit gaming and provides that no person is to be given credit for permitted gaming.

The judgment debtor’s application was dismissed by the Supreme Court of Western Australian. The decision by the Western Australian Supreme Court makes clear that a debtor cannot rely on Western Australia laws, which prohibits credit gaming, as a ground for refusing recognition or enforcement of a Singapore Judgment debt  in relation to provision of credit for gambling.

In the event of any interest in further discussion of this matter, please contact your regular contact partner or Mr. Shankar A.S at shankar@straitslaw.com.sg and Ms Lim Min at LimMin@straitslaw.com.sg.