Falkland Islands Courts & Tribunals Service
Whenever possible, the court list will be updated by 4 pm each Friday, providing details of listings for the following week.
The Criminal Procedure Rules prevent the court from providing details of criminal cases for a period of time longer than seven days and you may need to check back regularly for full details of criminal cases. The Courts and Tribunals Service endeavours to provide lists which are free of errors but gives no warranty as to their accuracy.
Changes to the list may be made at short notice at the discretion of the Court. Where amendments to listings take place after the list has been published, the Courts and Tribunals Service will endeavour to ensure these amendments are made available to the public as soon as practicable.
Date & Time
1 March 2024
4 March 2024
Names of parties withheld
Closed to the public
6 March 2024
Swearing in of RFIP Officers x4
6 March 2024
Weeks commencing: 24 February 2024
Order made pursuant to section 459 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Ordinance to restrict reporting to prevent identification of child.
England and Wales sentencing guidelines of Cruelty to a Child – Assault and ill treatment, abandonment, neglect and failure to protect applied. Circumstances of offence fall within Harm Category 3 and Culpability D with a starting point of a Medium Level Community Order. Assistance of Pre-Sentence Report requested to help the court decide whether to impose a community order and if so, whether particular requirements are suitable for defendant. Sentencing adjourned to 20 March 2024 at 9:00 am
The Judiciary of the Falkland Islands
The Courts of the Falkland Islands
- Summary Court
- Magistrate's Court
- Supreme Court
- Judicial Committee of the Privy Council
- Coroner's Court
The Summary Court is a court of summary jurisdiction.
Judges: Justices of the Peace, advised by Legal Adviser, addressed as 'Your Worship' or 'Sir/Madam'.
Criminal proceedings: summary offences, maximum sentencing powers are 6 months imprisonment and/or £5,000 fine
Family Proceedings: applications relating to children except any application or order involving the administration or application of any property belonging to or held in trust for a child, or the income of any such property.
Civil claims: jurisdiction to deal with civil matters commenced by complaint.
The Magistrate's Court is a court of summary jurisdiction with some appellate jursidiction.
Judge: Senior Magistrate, addressed as 'Your Honour'.
Criminal proceedings: summary offences, maximum sentencing powers are any period of imprisonment and/or a fine of any amount.
Family proceedings: jusridiction to deal with all matters except divorce/dissolution/judical separation/annulment.
Civil claims: actions up to the value of £50,000
- Building Control Ordinance 1994
- Children Ordinance 2014
- Communications Ordinance 2017
- Dangerous Goods Ordinance 1987
- Electoral Ordinance 1988
- Firearms and Ammunition Ordinance 1987
- Licensing Ordinance 1994
- Prohibited Goods Ordinance 1992
- Road Traffic (Provisional) Regulations Order 1986
The Supreme Court is a court of unlimited jurisdiction and is a court of record.
Judges: Chief Justice or Acting Judge, addressed as 'My Lord/My Lady'.
Criminal proceedings: The Supreme Court has two jurisdictions in criminal proceedings;
1) Court of First Instance for indictment offences. The Judge may sit alone or with a Jury. Sentencing powers are unlimited.
2) Appeallate jurisdiciton from the Summary Court or the Magistrate's Court. Appeals are on the papers, not a re-hearing.
Family proceedings: The Supreme Court has two jursidictions in family proceedings;
1) Court of First Instance for divorce/dissolution/judicial separation/annulment also for matters which require the use of the court's inherent jurisdiciton (e.g. Wardship).
2) Appellate jurisdiction from the Summary Court or the Magistrate's Court.
- Claims over £50,000
- Judicial Review
- Constitutional References
- Court of Protection
The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council is the highest appeal court for the Falkland Islands. It sits in the Supreme Court in London and is usually presided over by Justices of The Supreme Court.
The Coroner's Court is a court of inquiry into deaths.
Judge: His Majesty's Coroner
The purpose of the Coroner's Court is to enquire into sudden, unexpected or violent deaths.
There is no appeal from the Coroner's Court but it may be possible for the Supreme Court to review decisions of HM Coroner.
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