Overview of the Department
Montserrat is one of the nine-member states/territories that make up the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC).
Established by the Supreme Court Order 1967, the Supreme Court (also known as High Court) in Montserrat is guided by the Supreme Court Act Cap 2.01.
The Court is charged with the responsibility of adjudicating on both Civil and Criminal cases. A High Court Judge resident in Antigua hears Civil cases as often as is required while there are three criminal assizes in a year viz: March, July and November. A Master of the High Court who is responsible for procedural and interlocutory matters also sits in the jurisdiction about nine (9) times a year.
A civil case begins by way of filing of a claim at the Registry of the High Court; the claim progresses until its logical conclusion, which is dependent on the readiness of the parties to prosecute the cases.
A criminal case begins at the Magistrate’s court and goes up to the High Court for determination of sufficiency of evidence before progressing to trial. The High Court Judge conducts this process during one of the Criminal Assizes.
A department that embodies equity and reliability in the administration of Justice.
To deliver high quality, professional, efficient and impartial services in facilitating the effective administration and dispensation of justice
HIGH COURT DIVISION:
- Adjudicates on cases in the Civil and Criminal jurisdictions of the court. Matrimonial matters are also heard
- Facilitates Court of Appeal sittings twice a year
- Prepares Transcript from Court proceedings
- Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
- Issuance of Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates
- Registration of Deeds and Bills of Sale
- Registration of Medical Practitioners
- Registration of Marriage Officers and Places of worship
- Grant of Probates and Letters of Administration
Mr. Collin Meade