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Appeals

An appeal is a request to a higher court requesting a review of a decision made by a lower court.

Appeals
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Civil

Lawsuits in civil court can involve a range of areas involving disputes over money, title or possession of real property, enforcing a contract, protecting one's civil rights, or seeking compensation for a civil tort.

Civil
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Criminal

A criminal action is the proceeding by which a person charged with a public offense is accused and brought to justice and punishment. A criminal action is prosecuted in the name of the people of the State of California, as a party, against the person charged with the offense.

Criminal
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Probate

Probate Court handles decedent's estates, trust proceedings, guardianship proceedings, conservatorship proceedings, minor's compromises, and mental health filings.

Probate
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Traffic

Vehicle code infractions, municipal code violations, and county ordinances are heard in Traffic Court.

Traffic

Family Law

Family Law Court handles cases in which people are ending a marriage or registered domestic partnership, identifying a child’s legal parents, determining custody and visitation issues, establishing or enforcing child and spousal support or dealing with domestic violence issues.

Family Law
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Juvenile

Juvenile Court handles both dependency and delinquency matters.

Juvenile
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Grand Jury

California is served by a grand jury system that provides a grand jury in each county empowered by law to bring indictments or perform an oversight function into the operation of county and municipal governments.

Grand Jury