Summary Civil Jurisdiction

The Summary Civil Jurisdiction in the Bahamas is governed by the Magistrates Court Act Chapter 54(the Act). All matters heard summarily are heard in the Magistrate courts. There are seventeen (17) Magistrates Courts in The Bahamas: fourteen (14) in New Providence; two (2) in Freeport, Grand Bahama; and one (1) in Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama.

A Magistrate has jurisdiction to try all summary offences, investigate all charges of indictable offences and to hear and determine any civil cause where the amount to be recovered or the value of the property in dispute does not exceed $5,000.00, unless a statute provides jurisdiction in relation to a higher amount, as is the case in a number of regulatory statutes such as the National Insurance Act.

Evans & Co. has been practicing in the Summary Civil Court system for many years and has successfully represented many clients, both national and international. At Evans & Co. this area of our practice comes under the direct leadership of our Senior Partner Mr. Thomas A. E. Evans, Q.C., along with the assistance of Mr. Gladstone Brown, Jr.


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