Apr. 18, 2014
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Divisions

Civil

The Civil Division of the court handles cases where one party sues another to recover money or property, enforce a contract, collect damages, or protect civil rights. Petitions to change names and various writs are also handled by the Civil Division.

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Criminal

The Criminal Division has jurisdiction over felonies, misdemeanors, infractions.

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Families & Children

The Family Law division hears matters involving family-related issues and domestic relations.

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Jury

Information for jurors for both civil and criminal cases where the parties have elected to have a jury of their peers decide the case.

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Juvenile

Juvenile Delinquency cases involve any persons under the age of 18 (minors) who are accused of violations of any law of the state or minors who are habitually truant.

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Probate

Probate and conservatorship matters address a person’s finances upon death or the care of an adult person that is unable to care for themselves or their finances.

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Small Claims

Small claims cases are lawsuits that do not exceed $10,000 and are resolved quickly and inexpensively with relatively simple and informal rules.

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Traffic

The Traffic Division has jurisdiction over Vehicle Code violations, some local municipal ordinances, infractions, and minor misdemeanors.

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