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Magistrate's Court Civil Jurisdiction

Under the Magistrate’s Court Act or other written Law, a resident magistrate shall have and exercise jurisdiction in the following cases:

  1. In all personal suits arising from any accident in which any vehicle is involved if the amount, value or damages claimed, whether as a balance claimed or other wise, is not more than $50,000;
  2. In all personal suits, whether arising from contract, or from tort, or from both if the value of the property or the debt, amount or damage claimed whether as the balance claimed or otherwise, is not more than $50,000;
  3. In all personal suits between landlords and tenants for possession of any land (including any building or part thereof) claimed under any agreement or refused to be delivered up, if the annual value or annual rent does not exceed $50,000;
  4. In all suits involving trespass to land or for the recovery of land (including any building or part there-of) irrespective of its value ,where no relationship of landlord and tenant has at any time existed between any of the parties to the suit in respect of the land or any part of the land (including any building or part thereof);
  5. In any type of suit covered by para-graphs (a) to (d) whatever the value, amount, debt ,damages sought to be recovered is, or whatever the annual value or annual rent is, if all the parties or their respective barristers and solicitors consent thereto in writing;
  6. To issue writ of habeas corpus for the production before the court of any person alleged upon oath to be wrongfully imprisoned and detained, and make orders thereon;
  7. To appoint guardians of infants, and to make orders for the custody of infants;
  8. To grant in any suit instituted in the court injunctions or order to stay waste or alienation or for the detention and preservation of any property the subject of such suit, or to restrain torts or breaches of contracts;
  9. To enforce by attachment any order made by the court;
  10. To commit to prison for a term not exceeding 6 weeks, or until payment of the sum due ,any person who makes default in payment of any debt or installment of any debts due from the person under an order or judgment of the court or any other competent court including the High Court.
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Media Release

Keynote Address by Chief Justice Anthony Gates
at the Opening of the Fiji Law Society's Convention
"Fundamentals of Private Practice" 25th September 2015,
Novotel, Suva

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