—(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 —
the defendant submits to the jurisdiction of a Magistrate’s Court.
(1A) The jurisdiction of a Magistrate’s Court under subsection (1) shall not include jurisdiction to hear and try any action where —
there is no claim for any sum of money;
the amount claimed in the action exceeds the Magistrate’s Court limit; or
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.
(1B) A Magistrate’s Court shall have, in any proceedings within its jurisdiction under subsection (1) —
the power —
to grant such relief, redress or remedy or combination of remedies, either absolute or conditional; and
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;
without prejudice to the generality of paragraph (a), the power —
to grant an injunction;
to make binding declarations of rights; and
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;
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
(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.
(3) The President may, after consulting the Chief Justice, by order vary the Magistrate’s Court limit.