A Quick Look at the California Court System

Federal and state laws affect everyone every day, whether they are consciously aware of it or not. A basic understanding of litigation and the court system can prove helpful in everyday life. The most extensive state court system in the country can be found right here in California. There are 58 superior courts—one for each of the state’s 58 counties. Within these courts, judges preside over civil litigation, criminal cases, and juvenile cases. These courts also handle family law, probate, mental health, and traffic cases.

The Courts of Appeal typically hear appeals of court decisions from the lower courts. There are six appellate districts in California. The highest state court in California is the Supreme Court, which can review the decisions of an appellate court. The California Supreme Court is also mandated to review the appeals of death row inmates.

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