The Supreme Court has jurisdiction to hear all cases arising under the Constitution and the Laws of the Kingdom except those cases concerning titles to land which are within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Land Court (clause 90 of the Constitution). It also hears appeals from the Magistrate’s Court (section 74 of the Magistrate’s Court Act).
The Magistrate Court has its own general criminal jurisdiction in respect of offences punishable by way of a fine not exceeding $10,000 or a period of less than three years’ imprisonment. In addition, it has an enhanced jurisdiction to hear criminal cases remitted to it by consent of the parties from the Supreme Court where the offences is punishable by way of a fine not exceeding $50,000 or a period of seven years’ imprisonment. There is presently only one Magistrate who exercises this enhanced jurisdiction.