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The Resident Magistrate's Court

There is a Resident Magistrate’s Court in each of the fourteen (14) parishes of Jamaica. The Resident Magistrate exercises both criminal and civil jurisdiction.

The Civil Jurisdiction is limited to amounts not exceeding J$250,000.00. The Criminal jurisdiction is limited to those offences in which the statute expressly says it is triable by a Resident Magistrate. Resident Magistrates also hold Preliminary Enquiries in order to determine whether matters are to be sent for trial in the Circuit Court Division of the Supreme Court.