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Contents

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Part I PRELIMINARY

Part II CONSTITUTION

Part III APPOINTMENTS, POWERS AND DUTIES

Part IV JURISDICTION

Civil Jurisdiction of District Courts

Criminal Jurisdiction of District Courts

Jurisdiction of Magistrates’ Courts

Transfers of Civil Proceedings

Jurisdiction of Juvenile Courts

Part V ADMINISTRATION

Part VI SUPPLEMENTAL

THE SCHEDULE Forms of oaths and affirmations

Legislative History

Comparative Table

 
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Civil jurisdiction of Magistrates’ Courts
52.
—(1)  Subject to subsection (1A), a Magistrate’s Court shall have all the jurisdiction of the High Court to hear and try any action in personam where —
(a)
the defendant is served with a writ of summons or any other originating process —
(i)
in Singapore in the manner prescribed by Rules of Court; or
(ii)
outside Singapore in the circumstances authorised by and in the manner prescribed by Rules of Court; or
(b)
the defendant submits to the jurisdiction of a Magistrate’s Court.
[31/2010 wef 01/01/2011]
(1A)  The jurisdiction of a Magistrate’s Court under subsection (1) shall not include jurisdiction to hear and try any action where —
(a)
there is no claim for any sum of money;
(b)
the amount claimed in the action exceeds the Magistrate’s Court limit; or
(c)
any remedy or relief sought in the action, in addition or as an alternative to the amount claimed in the action, is in respect of a subject-matter the value of which exceeds the Magistrate’s Court limit.
[31/2010 wef 01/01/2011]
(1B)  A Magistrate’s Court shall have, in any proceedings within its jurisdiction under subsection (1) —
(a)
the power —
(i)
to grant such relief, redress or remedy or combination of remedies, either absolute or conditional; and
(ii)
to give such and the like effect to every ground of defence or counterclaim equitable or legal,
as ought to be granted or given in the like action by the High Court and in as full and ample a manner;
(b)
without prejudice to the generality of paragraph (a), the power —
(i)
to grant an injunction;
(ii)
to make binding declarations of rights; and
(iii)
to order medical examination of a person who is a party to any proceedings where the physical or mental condition of the person is relevant to any matter in question in the proceedings;
(c)
the power to make any order or to exercise any authority or jurisdiction which, if it related to a proceeding pending in the High Court, might be made or exercised by a Judge of the High Court in chambers; and
(d)
the powers conferred on a District Court by —
(i)
section 43; and
(ii)
section 12 of the Civil Law Act (Cap. 43).
[31/2010 wef 01/01/2011]
(2)  In exercising its jurisdiction under subsection (1) or powers under subsection (1B), a Magistrate’s Court shall be subject to the same limitations and provisions as are applicable to a District Court under this Act.
[31/2010 wef 01/01/2011]
(3)  The President may, after consulting the Chief Justice, by order vary the Magistrate’s Court limit.
[15/93]