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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 misdemeanors, felony public offenses, including DUI cases.

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FAMILY LAW

Family Law Courts have jurisdiction over all cases involving dissolution of marriage, legal separation, nullity, paternity, domestic violence, child custody, visitation and support. Other support services include mediation and self-help services provided by the office of the Family Law Facilitator.

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JUVENILE

The Juvenile Court is responsible for handling matters regarding minors (persons under 18 years of age). The judges in Juvenile Court hear delinquency cases involving minors charged with violations of the law and dependency cases involving minors who have been neglected or abused.

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Probate & Conservatorship

The Probate Court is responsible for handling decedent estates, guardianships, conservatorships, trust cases and other miscellaneous protective proceedings.

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SMALL CLAIMS

The Small Claims Division has jurisdiction over civil matters where claims are for an amount less than $7500.

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TRAFFIC

The Traffic Division has jurisdiction over Vehicle Code violations.

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