The Subordinates Courts 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. Its Divide into Magistrate Courts, Industrial Relations Courts and Child justice 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.