2013hierarchy.pptx - Lecturer Aieka Smith FD13A JAMAICA HIERARCHY OF COURTS JAMAICA’S COURT SYSTEM The Jamaican Court System is based on 5 tiers 1 2 3

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Lecturer : Aieka Smith FD13A JAMAICA: HIERARCHY OF COURTS
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JAMAICA’S COURT SYSTEM The Jamaican Court System is based on 5 tiers : 1. The Privy Council 2. The Court of Appeal, 3. The Supreme Court, 4. The Resident Magistrate’s Court, 5. The Petty Sessions
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Hierarchy of Jamaican courts Privy Council Court of Appeal Supreme Court (Gun Court, Western Regional Gun Court, Revenue and Commercial) Resident Magistrates (Coroner’s Court, Traffic Court, Drug Court, Tax Court, Family Court, Juvenile Court and Civil Court) Petty Sessions
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Petty Sessions Presided over by Justices of the Peace/ a RM. Hears minor criminal matters: 1. such as resisting arrest 2. Use of indecent and threatening language 3. Littering 4. Applications for liquor licenses
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Petty Sessions contd. Fines of up to $2,000 or custodial sentences of up to 3 months. Appeals from this court are to the Circuit Court of the parish in which the Petty Sessions Court sits or by way of case stated to the Court of Appeal
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Resident Magistrate’s Court
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