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Niue Courts System Information
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Pacific Courts - Niue
· has jurisdiction to hear an appeal from a decision of the High Court as of right:
· if the High Court certifies that a substantial question of law as to the interpretation or effect of the Constitution is involved;
· if the matter in dispute is worth not less than the minimum amount prescribed by statute;
· in any case where an appeal is provided for by statute; or
· which involved a criminal conviction.
· has jurisdiction to hear a civil appeal from a decision of the High Court with leave of the High Court or special leave of the Court of Appeal.
· has a general jurisdiction to hear and determine any criminal appeal from a judgment of the High Court but not one relating to a sentence passed that is fixed by law.
· has unlimited first instance jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters.
· In civil matters a commissioner or two justices of the peace have jurisdiction to deal with actions for the recovery of debt or damages or recovery of chattels not exceeding $1,500.
· In criminal matters, the High Court may be constituted by a commissioner of the High Court whose jurisdiction is deemed to be concurrent with that of a High Court judge.
· A judge of the High Court has jurisdiction to hear appeals from decisions of the commissioner or two justices sitting together.