The District Court was established under the Magistrates Courts Act, 1985. Under the law, each district is supposed to have a District Court. The district magistrate has both criminal and civil jurisdiction. In criminal cases, the district magistrate can impose a sentence not exceeding five years in jail
In civil cases, the District Court can handle matters in which in the case of movable property the value of the subject matter is above TZS. 1,000,000/= but does not exceed TZS. 5,000,000/= and in the case of immovable property the value of the subject matter is above TZS. 5,000,000/= but does not exceed TZS. 10,000,000/=.
The District Court also exercises appellate and revisionary jurisdiction over the Primary Court below it.