CRIMINAL JURISDICTION OF SUBORDINATE COURTS
—(1) Subject to this Code, Magistrates’ Courts shall have jurisdiction and power to —
try any offence for which the maximum term of imprisonment provided by law does not exceed 5 years or which is punishable with a fine only;
conduct a committal hearing into any offence with a view to committal for trial by the High Court;
inquire into a complaint of any offence and summon and examine any witness who may give evidence relating to such offence;
summon, apprehend and issue warrants for the apprehension of criminals and offenders, and deal with them according to law;
issue a warrant to search or cause to be searched any place wherein any stolen goods or any goods, article or thing with which or in respect of which any offence has been committed is alleged to be kept or concealed;
require any person to furnish security for keeping the peace or for his good behaviour according to law; and
do any other thing that Magistrates’ Courts are empowered to do under this Code or any other written law.
(2) The jurisdiction and powers conferred on Magistrates’ Courts under subsection (1)(a) and (b) must be exercised by a Magistrate sitting in a court house of the Magistrate’s Court or at such other place as may be prescribed.
—(1) District Courts shall have jurisdiction and power to try any offence for which the maximum term of imprisonment provided by law does not exceed 10 years or which is punishable with a fine only.
(2) Every District Court shall have in the exercise of its jurisdiction all the powers of a Magistrate’s Court.
9. The principal Ordinance is hereby amended by inserting immediately after section 11 thereof the following new section: —
—(1) The Minister may make regulations —
for the licensing, control, supervision and inspection of places in which animals are or may be kept in captivity for exhibition, sale or export and may by such regulations prescribe the conditions under which animals may be so kept and the circumstances under which licences may be revoked or suspended;
for the licensing, control, supervision and inspection of hatcheries and as to the circumstances under which licences may be revoked or suspended;
for the licensing, control, keeping and destruction of dogs;
for the suppression of cruelty to animals;
prescribing the fees to be charged in respect of licences and the conditions under which licences may be issued;
prescribing that any act or omission in contravention of any regulation made under this Ordinance shall be an offence and imposing penalties for such offences which penalties shall not exceed a fine of one thousand dollars, and where any such act or omission is a continuing one to a further fine not exceeding fifty dollars for each day on which the offence continues after conviction thereof; and
generally for carrying out the purposes of this Ordinance.
(2) All regulations made under this Ordinance shall be published in the Gazette and shall be presented to the Legislative Assembly as soon as may be after publication and if a resolution is passed pursuant to a motion notice whereof has been given for a sitting day not later than the first available sitting day of the Assembly next after the expiry of three months from the date when such regulations are so presented annulling the regulations or any part thereof as from a specified date, such regulations or such part thereof as the case may be shall thereupon become void as from such date but without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done thereunder or to the making of new regulations.”.
—(1) A prosecution for —
an offence under section 172 to 188, 193 to 196, 199, 200, 205 to 211, 228, 376C, 376G or 505 of the Penal Code (Cap. 224);
an offence under Chapter XXI of the Penal Code; or
must not be instituted except with the consent of the Public Prosecutor.
(2) A person may be charged or arrested, or a warrant for his arrest may be issued and executed, and any such person may be remanded in custody or released on bail, notwithstanding that the consent of the Public Prosecutor has not been obtained, but the case shall not be further prosecuted until that consent has been obtained.
(3) When a person is brought before a court before the Public Prosecutor has consented to the prosecution, the charge shall be explained to him but he shall not be called upon to plead.
(4) The consent of the Public Prosecutor —
need not refer to a particular offence but may be expressed in general terms; and
must as far as practicable specify the place in which and the occasion on which the offence was committed.
(5) No consent shall remain in force unless acted upon within one month from the date on which it was given.