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Contents

Long Title

Part I PRELIMINARY

Part II THE SUPREME COURT

Part III THE HIGH COURT

General

Original Jurisdiction

Appellate Jurisdiction of the High Court

Revision

Allocation of Proceedings

Part IV THE COURT OF APPEAL

Part IVA CIVIL JURISDICTION OF COURT OF APPEAL

Part V CRIMINAL JURISDICTION OF COURT OF APPEAL

Part VI OFFICERS AND OFFICES

Registrar

Sheriff

Accountant

Subordinate officers

Offices

Part VII MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

List of Touts

Disabilities of Registrar and other officers

Protection of Registrar and other officers

Rules of Court

Council of Judges

FIRST SCHEDULE Additional Powers of the High Court

SECOND SCHEDULE

Legislative History

Comparative Table

 
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Supreme Court of Judicature Act
(CHAPTER 322)

(Original Enactment: Act 24 of 1969)

[9th January 1970]
PART II
THE SUPREME COURT
Divisions and jurisdiction of Supreme Court
3.  The Supreme Court shall be a superior court of record and shall consist of —
(a)
the High Court, which shall exercise original and appellate criminal and civil jurisdiction; and
(b)
the Court of Appeal, which shall exercise appellate civil and criminal jurisdiction.
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Precedence
4.  The Judges of the Supreme Court shall take precedence in the following order:
(a)
the Chief Justice;
(b)
the vice-presidents of the Court of Appeal who among themselves shall rank according to the priority of their respective appointments as vice-presidents;
(c)
the Judges of Appeal (other than vice-presidents), who among themselves shall rank according to the priority of their respective appointments; and
(d)
the Judges of the High Court, who among themselves shall rank according to the priority of their respective appointments.
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Contempt
7.
—(1)  The High Court and the Court of Appeal shall have power to punish for contempt of court.
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(2)  Wilful disposal by a garnishee, otherwise than in accordance with law or by leave of the court, of any property attached in his hands or under his control by a notice of court, shall be deemed to be contempt.
(3)  Wilful disobedience by a corporation to any order punishable by attachment may be punished by attachment of the directors or other officers of the corporation who are responsible for, or are knowingly a party to, such wilful disobedience.
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Sittings in camera
8.
—(1)  The place in which any court is held for the purpose of trying any cause or matter, civil or criminal, shall be deemed an open and public court to which the public generally may have access.
(2)  The court shall have power to hear any matter or proceedings or any part thereof in camera if the court is satisfied that it is expedient in the interests of justice, public safety, public security or propriety, or for other sufficient reason to do so.
(3)  A court may at any time order that no person shall publish the name, address or photograph of any witness in any matter or proceeding or any part thereof tried or held or to be tried or held before it, or any evidence or any other thing likely to lead to the identification of any such witness.
(4)  Any person who acts in contravention of any order under subsection (3) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years or to both.
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