What do they do?

The Judiciary carries out the responsibilities of the courts. 

The Supreme Court oversees: 

  • Serious criminal matters tried by a judge and jury 

  • Civil matters with disputed amounts exceeding $25,000 tried  by a single judge  

  • Business matters related to reinsurance, international business and the winding up of companies 

  • Divorce matters 

  • Appeals from the Magistrates’ Court 

  • Appeals from the Court of Appeal 

  • Probate of wills and appointing representatives to administer the estates of deceased persons who did not leave a will 

  • Receiverships to administer assets of persons suffering from mental disability 

The Court of Appeal entertains appeals from the Supreme Court.  

The Magistrates Court oversees: 

  • civil disputes involving  $25,000 or less  

  • preliminary inquiries in indictable cases  

  • summary criminal trials  

  • landlord & tenant disputes  

  • care and protection of children and juvenile delinquency  

  • emergency protective orders in cases involving domestic violence  

  • drug use  

  • traffic violations and  

  • arrest and search warrants  

The Supreme Court Registry is responsible for: 

  • Processing all court documents  
  • Maintaining the secure custody and safety of all court records   
  • Making relevant information available for court users  
  • Collecting and accounting for all fees and fines received by the Courts   
  • Providing support to the Justices of Appeal, Supreme Court Judges and the Registrar   
  • Listing cases for hearing  
  • Recording all events which take place during the course of a case   
  • Receiving and processing applications for the grant of Probate or the Administration of intestate estates  
  • Managing the resources required for the effective functioning of the courts and  
  • Processing applications for the distribution of family assets and the care and custody of children. 

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