Appellate Jurisdiction of the High Court
19. The appellate criminal jurisdiction of the High Court shall consist of —
the hearing of appeals from District Courts or Magistrates’ Courts before one or more Judges according to the provisions of the law for the time being in force relating to criminal procedure; and
the hearing of points of law reserved by special cases submitted by a District Court or Magistrate’s Court before one or more Judges according to the provisions of the law for the time being in force relating to criminal procedure.
20. The appellate civil jurisdiction of the High Court shall consist of —
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the hearing of appeals from District Courts and Magistrates’ Courts when exercising jurisdiction of a quasi-criminal or civil nature; and
the hearing of appeals from other tribunals as may from time to time be prescribed by any written law.
—(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act and any other written law, an appeal shall lie to the High Court from a decision of a District Court or Magistrate’s Court —
in any case where the amount in dispute, or the value of the subject-matter, at the hearing before that District Court or Magistrate’s Court (excluding interest and costs) exceeds $50,000 or such other amount as may be specified by an order made under subsection (3); or
with the leave of that District Court or Magistrate’s Court or the High Court, in any other case.
(2) Such appeals may be heard before one Judge provided that the Judge, if he thinks fit, may reserve any appeal for the decision of a court consisting of 3 Judges, and in such case the appeal shall be decided in accordance with the opinion of the majority of the Judges composing the High Court.
(2A) An order of the High Court giving or refusing leave under subsection (1)(b) shall be final.
(2B) No appeal shall be brought to the High Court in any case where a District Court or Magistrate’s Court makes an order specified in the Third Schedule, except in such circumstances as may be specified in that Schedule.
(3) The President may, after consulting the Chief Justice, by order published in the Gazette, vary the amount mentioned in subsection (1).