Magistrate’s Court

The Magistrate’s Court is a court of summary jurisdiction and has the jurisdiction assigned to it by the Magistrate’s Court Ordinance. Magistrates in the Turks and Caicos Islands currently sit in Providenciales, Grand Turk, North Caicos and South Caicos. The Chief Magistrate sits in Providenciales.

The Magistrate’s Court considers 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 108 of the Magistrate’s Court Ordinance. It also considers a broad spectrum of criminal matters, the most serious matters being reserved to the Supreme Court.

The Magistrate’s Court will also consider appeals from disappointed applicants for a certificate of fitness to own a firearms (s 10 Firearms Ordinance).