TRAFFIC COURT ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   Establishment of Traffic Court

   4   Jurisdiction of the Court

   5   Seal

   6   Where Court to be held

   7   Judge of the Court

   8   Any Resident Magistrate may act for the Judge

   9   Officers of the Court

   10   Enforcement of attendance of accused persons and witnesses

   11   Power to transfer cases for trial to appropriate Court

   12   Powers of Resident Magistrates Courts for Kingston and Saint Andrew and of the officers thereof not affected

   13   Appeals

   14   Rules of Court

   15   Power to amend Schedule

      SCHEDULE

 

THE TRAFFIC COURT ACT

[Date of Commencement: 1st December, 1956]

Law 54 of 1955

Acts
42 of 1969,
6 of 1987.

LN 247/1959.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Traffic Court Act.

2   Interpretation

   In this Act;-

   "Corporate Area" means the combined area of the parishes of Kingston and Saint Andrew;

   "the Court" means the Traffic Court established under this Act;

   "Resident Magistrate" means a person appointed to be a Resident Magistrate or to act as such under the Judicature (Resident Magistrates) Act.

   "Clerk", "Deputy Clerks", and "Assistant Clerk" mean respectively a person appointed to be a Clerk of the Courts, a Deputy Clerk of the Courts, or an Assistant Clerk of the Courts or to act in any one of those capacities (as the case may be) under the Judicature (Resident Magistrates) Act.

3   Establishment of Traffic Court

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   There shall be established in the Corporate Area a Court of Record to be called the Traffic Court.

4   Jurisdiction of the Court

   (1) It shall be lawful for the Court to hear and determine any of the offences and contraventions mentioned in the Schedules if committed in the parish of Kingston or in the parish of Saint Andrew or in any other parish by any person residing in the parish of Kingston or in the parish of Saint Andrew.

   (2) The Judge of the Court shall, when sitting therein for the trial of any offence mentioned in the Schedule, be deemed to be exercising the special statutory summary jurisdiction of a Resident Magistrate, unless the offence is triable on indictment and the offender is indicted therefor.

   (3) The Court shall have all ministerial powers duties and authorities incident to the jurisdiction vested in it by subsection (1) of this section.

   (4) The provisions of the Judicature (Resident Magistrates) Act and of the Justices of the Peace Jurisdiction Act shall apply to the Court in the exercise of the jurisdiction vested in it by this Act and to the process procedure and practice of the Court (whether before, during after trial) as the said provisions apply to a Resident Magistrate's Court in the exercise of the jurisdiction vested it by the Judicature (Resident Magistrates) Act and to the process, procedure and practice of such Court.

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