Going to Courts in Negombo

The team around Women for Women in Jail had the chance to visit the Magistrate’s Court in Negombo this week.


When dealing with petty crimes, the Magistrate Court is our first point of judical contact.


Cases may be initiated at a Magistrate’s Court by any police officer or by anyone else making an oral or written complaint to the Magistrate. The Magistrate is empowered to make an initial investigation of the complaint, and to determine whether his or her Court has proper jurisdiction over the matter, whether the matter should be tried by the High Court, or whether the matter should be dismissed.