Magistrate Grade I

These courts are presided over by Grade I Magistrates who must be qualified lawyers (Law Degree and a Diploma in Legal Practice).They are ordinarily situated at the district headquarters.

Their criminal jurisdiction is limited to offences whose maximum penalty is not death or life imprisonment.

Their civil jurisdiction is limited to matters where the value of the subject matter does not exceed twenty (20) million Uganda shillings; notwithstanding subsection (1), where the cause or matter of a civil nature is governed only by civil customary law, the jurisdiction of a magistrate Grade I shall be limited.