​​In criminal cases, a District Court can try offences where the maximum imprisonment term does not exceed 10 years or which are punishable with a fine only.

The District Court can pass any of the following sentences:

  • imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years
  • fine not exceeding $30,000
  • up to 12 strokes of the cane
  • any lawful sentence combining any of the sentences which it is authorised by law to pass

However, where the law expressly provides for it, the District Court also has the jurisdiction to try offences and impose sentences which exceeds the above limits such as the Companies Act (Cap 50), Misuse of Drugs Act (Cap 185), Prevention of Corruption Act(Cap 241) and Securities Industry Act (Cap 289).

Last updated on: 2/5/2019 12:15 PM


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