Civil

Civil justice in the Turks and Caicos Islands is dealt with in the first instance in the Magistrate’s Court or the Supreme Court, depending on the type of claim or the value of the claim.

The Magistrate’s Court has jurisdiction to consider claims of debt or damage due up to the value of US$10,000, disputes relating to title of land, the annual value of which does not exceed $5,000, boundary disputes and other matters contained in section 132 of the Magistrate’s Court Ordinance.

The Supreme Court has original jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters; appellate jurisdiction over appeals from the Magistrate’s Court and other statutory bodies; and supervisory jurisdiction over lower adjudicatory bodies and the actions of government.

Civil appeals from the Supreme Court will be heard in the Court of Appeal, and appeals from the Court of Appeal may be heard by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in England.