Asobari Harry Horsfall & Ors V. Ikiribo Fred George Amachree & Ors (1938)
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Jurisdiction of Magistrate’s Court—Land Case transferred by Resident—Section 32 of Protectorate Courts Ordinance, 1933.
Held : Magistrate’s Court is not exercising original jurisdiction.
Parties not present.
The following question was put to the Court :—
” Where a Resident in the exercise of his appellate jurisdiction under section 27 of the Native Courts Ordinance makes an Order under section 36 (1) (b) that a suit which raises an issue as to the title to land or any interest therein be re-heard before a Magistrate’s Court, has the Magistrate jurisdiction to hear the suit, having regard to section 32 of the Protectorate Courts Ordinance?”
The following joint opinion was delivered :—
KINGDON, C.J., NIGERIA, BUTLER LLOYD AND GRAHAM PAUL, JJ.
We are of opinion that in re-hearing a suit under an order made by a Resident in his appellate jurisdiction a Magistrate’s Court is not exercising original jurisdiction. The answer to the question submitted to the Court is, therefore, in the affirmative.