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Summary Court (Civil) Jurisdiction


Civil jurisdiction is a broad term used to describe all matters before a court that are not criminal in nature. The practice and procedure of the Summary Court (Civil) Jurisdiction is governed by the Administration of Justice Ordinance, the England and Wales Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 and the Magistrates' Courts Rules 1981.

The Summary Court (Civil) has limited jurisdiction in comparison to the Magistrate's and Supreme Court. It may deal with applications before the Family Proceedings Court, applications for liquor licences and actions under the Employment Protection Ordinance.

The majority of the day to day civil work that the Justices of the Peace undertake relates to the consideration of applications for liquor licenses. These licences permit their holders to sell intoxicating liquor either for a special occasion, or between certain hours on specified licensed premises. More detailed information about the work of the Licensing Justices may be accessed via the Licensing drop down menu or here.

The Summary Court also holds jurisidction to deal with applications before the Family Proceedings Court, where specially trained Justices of the Peace may sit to determine questions regarding the welfare of a child(ren). Additional information regarding family proceedings can be found in the Summary Court Civil Family drop down menu or here.

The Employment Protection Ordinance gives an employee the right to apply to the Summary Court for enforcement of their rights as outlined under the Ordinance. Further information regarding making an application can be found in the employment drop down menu or via the link here.