The Syariah Court was established in 1955 as a result of a study done by a Select Committee set up by the Singapore Government. This Select Committee was made up of lawyers, kadis and local religious leaders. From the study, an Act known as the Muslims' Ordinance came into effect on 30 May 1957. This is the Act that the Syariah Court derives its jurisdiction from until 1966.
In 1966, the Administration of Muslim Law Act (AMLA) was introduced, repealing the Muslims' Ordinance. This Act was created to enhance the system of administration governing the Muslims in Singapore.
In 1999, AMLA was refined to meet a few technical problems that arose since. The Syariah Court is now better equipped to settle divorce cases and the ancillary issues in a more expedient and effective manner.