Present Judicial Set up in Kasaragod District.
Soon after independence a Munsiff's Court at Hosdurg was established in February 1949. For the administration of criminal justice Sub Divisional Magistrate Courts were established at Kasaragod and Hosdurg and later they were upgraded as Judicial First Class Magistrate Courts. On formation of Kerala state the present Kasaragod District was part of Kannur District and the District and Sessions Court was at Thalasserry. Subordinate Judge's Court at Kasaragod was established in January, 1957. Consequent to the formation of Kasaragod Revenue District in the year 1984, the District and Sessions Court and Chief Judicial Magistrate Court for Kasaragod was established on 29th March,1986. A Sub Court at Hosdurg was established in June 1987 by shifting of the Additional Sub Court, Kasaragod. In 1991 the powers of MACT is investitured upon the District Judge. The District Court, Kasaragod was functioning in a rented building at Dwaraka Nagar, Kasaragod till 08.04.1999. From April 1999 on wards the District Court, Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court, Sub Court, Kasaragod , Principal and Additional Munsiff's Court, Kasaragod , J.F.C.M-I, Kasaragod are housed at the Court complex, Kasaragod. The Additional District Courts (formerly Fast Track Courts) were also attached to the District Court, Kasaragod.
Administration of Justice, Historical background
The History of modern Judicial administration in Kasaragod District begins with the advent of the British. Before the commencement of British rule over the South Canara District in which, present Kasaragod District is included, Vijayanagara emperors were the rulers. The religious, social and economical disputes used to be settled by arbitration by village elders headed by one of the pradhans who had jurisdiction over some of the villages in the kingdom. Minor criminal matters used to be decided by village portals who are treated as Village Magistrate . Major criminal offenses like murder, dacoity etc.. were dealt with by the king himself.