APPOINTMENTS, POWERS AND DUTIES
—(1) A District Court shall be presided over by a District Judge appointed by the President on the recommendation of the Chief Justice.
(2) For the purposes of the administration of this Act, the President may, on the recommendation of the Chief Justice, appoint a Chief District Judge who shall have seniority over all other District Judges.
(3) No person shall be appointed to be or to act as a District Judge unless he has been for not less than 5 years a qualified person as defined in section 2 of the Legal Profession Act (Cap. 161).
(4) Any person appointed to be or to act as a District Judge shall, although the period of his appointment has expired or his appointment has been revoked, sit as a District Judge for the purpose of giving judgment or otherwise in relation to any case heard by him.
(5) Every person appointed to be or to act as a District Judge shall be ex officio a Magistrate.
—(1) The President may, on the recommendation of the Chief Justice, appoint any fit and proper person to be a Magistrate .
—(1) There shall be appointed by the Chief Justice a registrar and so many deputy registrars as may be necessary for the subordinate courts.
(2) No person shall be appointed to be or to act as registrar unless he is a qualified person as defined in section 2 of the Legal Profession Act, except that the Chief Justice may, in his discretion, appoint any person who is not a qualified person under that Act.
(3) The registrar and the deputy registrars shall be ex officio commissioners for oaths.
13. Subject to Rules of Court, all the powers and duties conferred and imposed on the registrar may be exercised by a deputy registrar.
14. There shall be attached to the subordinate courts such commissioners for oaths, interpreters, clerks, bailiffs, process servers and other officers as, from time to time, may appear to the Chief Justice to be necessary for the administration of justice and the due execution of all powers and duties which are vested in the subordinate courts.
15. The bailiffs and process servers shall —
execute all writs, summonses, warrants, orders, notices and other mandatory processes of the subordinate courts given to them;
make a return of the same together with the manner of the execution thereof to the court from which the process issued; and
arrest and receive all such persons and property as are committed to the custody of the subordinate courts.
—(1) Subject to such directions as may be given by the Chief District Judge, the registrar may authorise a solicitor or a person employed by a solicitor to exercise the powers and perform the duties of a bailiff during such period or on such occasion as the registrar thinks fit and subject to such terms and conditions as the registrar may determine.
16. The bailiffs in executing any writ of seizure and sale or any other writ of execution or of distress may effect an entry into any building, and for that purpose, if necessary, may break open any outer or inner door or window of the building or any receptacle therein, using such force as is reasonably necessary to effect an entry.
—(1) All judicial officers and such other officers of the subordinate courts as may be required by the Chief Justice shall, before exercising the functions of their respective offices, take and subscribe the appropriate oath of office and allegiance set out in the Schedule.
(2) The oath referred to in subsection (1) may be taken and subscribed before the Chief District Judge or a Judge of the Supreme Court.
(3) Where the oath is taken before the Chief District Judge, he shall —
enter in the record of his court that the oath was duly administered and taken before him; and
transmit a certified copy of the entry to the Registrar of the Supreme Court.