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What is the jurisdiction of Municipal Trial Courts in criminal cases?

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1. Exclusive original jurisdiction over all violations of city or municipal ordinances committed within their respective territorial jurisdiction;

2. Exclusive original jurisdiction over all offenses punishable with imprisonment not exceeding 6 years regardless of the fine and other accessory penalties and civil liability

3. Offenses involving damage to property through criminal negligence

4. Where the only penalty provided by law is a fine: exclusive original jurisdiction over offenses punishable with a fine not exceeding P4,000

5. Election offenses: Failure to register or failure to vote

6. Special Jurisdiction to hear and decide petitions for a writ of habeas corpus or application for bail in the province or city where the RTC judge is absent

BP 22 (?)

Note: needs updating

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