Overview of the Department
All criminal court cases start within the magistrates’ court. 95% of the cases filed within the Magistrate’s court will be completed there. The more serious offences are sent up on to the High Court, either for sentencing after the defendant has been found guilty in a Magistrates’ court, or for full trial with a judge and jury. Other matters before the Magistrate’s Court include Civil, Labour Tribunal, Quasi, Traffic, Liquor License and Inquest.
The Magistrate’s Court provides strong, trusted, independent and responsible court services that effectively and equitably serve the needs of the community
To provide the community with equal and impartial access to judicial services ensuring the preservation of the rule of law, judicial independence and the protection of individual rights
- Collect Revenue on behalf of GOM: Fines, Cost & Fees
- Adjudicates civil cases in which damages do not exceed prescribed maximum established by law, and minor misdemeanor cases not involving penitentiary sentences or fines in excess of maximum …
- Conducts preliminary hearings in felony cases to determine whether there is reasonable and probable cause to hold defendant for further proceedings or trial by the High Court.
- Adjudicate in summary matters
- Examination of jury list
- Hold inquest where necessary
- Collection of Compensation in family and summary matters