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The Registration Department carries primarily responsibility for servicing:

The Court of Appeal
The Court of Appeal was constituted in November 1992. It exercises both criminal and civil jurisdiction, and hears appeals from the decisions of the High Court and the Magistrates' Courts. Matters are heard by a 'Full Court' comprising three (3) Justices of Appeal, or by a single Justice of Appeal sitting in Chambers.

The High Court
The High Court is divided into three divisions, each exercising separate jurisdiction. A Judge of the High Court may sit in any division. The divisions are:
1. Civil Division
2. Criminal Division
3. Family Division

Matters in the Civil and Family Divisions are heard before a Judge sitting alone and in the Criminal Division (Criminal Assizes), matters are tried by a Judge and Jury. Matters are sent to the Criminal Assizes after an accused has been examined by a Magistrate and committed for trial.

The Magistrates' Courts
The Magistrates Courts are courts of summary jurisdiction. It exercises original
jurisdiction in Criminal, Civil, Domestic, Domestic Violence and Juvenile matters in accordance with the Magistrates Court Act Cap.116A of the laws of Barbados. The Magistracy also has jurisdiction to hear matters relating to Coroners Inquests, Liquor Licences and performs civil marriages.

The jurisdiction of the Magistracy is limited both geographically and according to the value of the subject matter of the dispute. However, by virtue of section 45 of
subsection (2) of the Severance Payments Act, the Magistracy has unlimited original jurisdiction in civil wrongful dismissal actions. In its civil division it can hear and determine any action founded in Contract or Tort where the debt, demand or claim does nor exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00).

The Court Process office
The Court Process Office was established in to carry service documents required by any court or by any law for the time being in force to be performed and seize goods for sale in satisfaction of a debt.

Records Branch
The Records Branch administers the registration of events such as births, still-births, deaths, marriages and is responsible for the administering statutes relating to the registration of professionals. It also makes available to customers public records about individuals and issues birth, death, marriage certificates.

The Records branch has a statutory duty to report each year on vital statistics and registrations. This Annual Reportis then laid before Parliament by the Attorney General. It contains an overview of civil registrations in Barbados, based on demographic data collated for the previous calendar year. The annual report is supplemented by a set of Tables that include detailed information on births, deaths, marriages, divorces, and population estimates for the same period.