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The Court of First Instance
is one of two courts in the High Court (formerly known as the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court was the highest court in Hong Kong prior to the transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to the People's Republic of China in 1997 and heard cases of first instance and appeals from the District and Magisrates Courts as well as certain tribunals...
) of Hong Kong
Hong Kong is one of two Special Administrative Regions of the People's Republic of China , the other being Macau. A city-state situated on China's south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, it is renowned for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour...
. The court has unlimited jurisdiction in both civil and criminal matters. Before 1997 it was known as the High Court of Justice
The court can deal with matters from:
- Magistrates' Courts
Magistrates' courts in Hong Kong are presided over by 'Permanent' and 'Special' Magistrates. Permanent Magistrates are professionally qualified. They come from barristers or solicitors...
- Small Claims Tribunal
- Obscene Articles Tribunal
- Labour Tribunal
- Minor Employment Claims Adjudication Board