In Fiji, summary offences are typically heard in the Magistrates' Court. The Magistrates' Court is the lowest level of the court system in Fiji and has jurisdiction over less serious criminal cases, including summary offences.
Summary offences are minor criminal offenses that are typically less serious in nature and carry relatively lower penalties compared to indictable offenses. Examples of summary offences may include minor traffic violations, petty theft, disorderly conduct, and public nuisance.
The Magistrates' Court provides a more straightforward and expedited process for handling summary offences, allowing for swift resolution of such cases. For more serious criminal offenses, which are known as indictable offenses, the cases are heard in higher courts, such as the High Court or the Supreme Court of Fiji, depending on the severity of the offense.