MAGISTRATE COURT

The Magistrates' Court has jurisdiction to hear cases where the amount claimed or the subject matter in dispute does not exceed vt1,000,000; disputes between landlord and tenant where the amount claimed does not exceed vt 2,000,000; and cases involving uncontested petitions for divorce or nullity of marriage.

In its criminal jurisdiction, the Magistrates' Court hears cases that concern any criminal proceedings for an offence for which the maximum penalty does not exceed 2 years imprisonment. It has jurisdiction to hear appeals from civil decisions from Island Courts, except decisions as to ownership of land, where appeal is to the Supreme Court.

For more information please contact

Port Vila Office: Magistrate Court
PMB 9041
Port Vila
Phone: +678 22420
Street Address: Joint Court

Santo Office: Magistrate Court
PO Box 274
Luganville
Phone: +678 36457