COURTS AND COURTS STRUCTURE

Supreme Court

It hears appeals from the High Court and such other Tribunals or courts as Parliament may prescribe. It is the highest appellate court in Malawi. It is presided over by a single when it is an interlocutory matter (any issues before the actual trial), three judges when it is any other matter other than appeals from the Constitutional Court in which case five judges sit.
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High Court

The High Court of Malawi has unlimited original jurisdiction to hear and determine any civil or criminal proceedings. It also hears appeals on matters from the Subordinate Courts. It is presided over by a single judge with the exception of constitutional cases.
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Subordinate Courts

Handles both criminal and civil matters limited to their authorized powers. Magistrates Courts are divided into five grades namely Resident Magistrates Courts, First Grade Magistrate Courts, Second Grade Magistrate Courts,Third Magistrate Courts and Forth Magistrate Courts. The powers of each Court vary according to grade.
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Malawi Judiciary | Courts