The Superior Court is part of the State’s only general jurisdiction court. Generally, there are two categories of cases heard in the Superior Court: criminal and civil. Criminal cases involve a person or entity charged with committing, attempting to commit or engaging in an activity prohibited by law and defined as a crime. Civil cases include all court cases not defined as criminal. They include such matters as disputes between citizens involved in contractual agreements and tort liability, probate matters, juvenile matters, divorces, etc.
The Superior Court has original jurisdiction of cases and proceedings in which jurisdiction is not vested by law in another court. The court has exclusive original jurisdiction in all proceedings and matters affecting dependent, neglected, incorrigible and delinquent children under eighteen years old. Through its probation departments, the Superior Court is responsible for supervising adults and juveniles on probation.
The Superior Court may hear and decide a large variety of cases of almost any type except civil less than $10,000, small claims, minor offenses, and violations of city codes and ordinances. The Court is authorized to act as an appellate court, hearing appeals from decisions made in Justice of the Peace and Municipal Courts.
SUPERIOR COURT JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION