—(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 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.