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Tribunal to settle disputes between warring neighbours to be set up

Published on Mar 8, 2014 8:57 PM

A new tribunal to deal with feuding neighbours who just cannot settle their differences is expected to be set up in the second half of the year.

A judge will hear the case and have the power to issue orders, for instance to stop playing loud music after 11pm. Those who refuse to abide may end up being prosecuted.

The move, which was announced on Saturday by Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong, will give much needed bite to the current community dispute resolution system, which is voluntary. "The need for legal recourse arise from some cases that we have seen in which mediation does not work and the aggrieved party feels very frustrated and helpless because they do not know who to turn to and they are not getting peace in their homes," said Mr Wong.

Every year, there are over 70,000 complaints about noise - residents' top pet peeve. Other common grouses include verbal abuse and the use of common corridor space.

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