The magistrates is primarily for criminal matters. Crimes are generally under three categories:
- Triable either way (Offences)
Summary offences are trialled in a Magistrates courts. Other crimes even though they are not summary offences are still possible to be trialled in Magistrates.
Magistrates (Family Matters)
The magistrates can hear civil cases if they fall under the following:
- Matrimonial matters
- Child Support cases
Appeals from the magistrates court in family matters will be taken to the Divisional Court. The judges will be composed from the Family Division.