—(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, a tribunal shall have jurisdiction to hear and determine —
any claim relating to a dispute arising from any contract for the sale of goods or the provision of services;
any claim in tort in respect of damage caused to any property; and
[43/2005 wef 15/02/2006]
any claim relating to a dispute arising from any contract for the lease of residential premises that does not exceed 2 years.
(2) The jurisdiction of a tribunal shall not extend to a claim —
in respect of damage caused to any property by an accident arising out of or in connection with the use of a motor vehicle; or
which the subordinate courts have no jurisdiction to hear and determine.
(3) Except where this Act expressly provides otherwise, the jurisdiction of a tribunal shall not extend to a claim —
which exceeds the prescribed limit; or
after the expiration of one year from the date on which the cause of action accrued.
(4) A tribunal shall, subject to subsections (1) and (2), have jurisdiction to hear and determine any claim the value of which exceeds the prescribed limit but does not exceed $20,000 or such other sum as the Minister may, after consultation with the Chief Justice, by order published in the Gazette, substitute therefor, if the parties to the claim so agree by a memorandum signed by them.
(5) Where a tribunal is of the opinion that a claim lodged with it pursuant to section 15(1) is beyond its jurisdiction, the tribunal shall discontinue the proceedings and advise the claimant and respondent accordingly.