North Carolina District Courts are the first level of the North Carolina Court System and are responsible for civil cases less than $10,000, child custody cases, divorces, juvenile matters, misdemeanors, and infractions. The District Courts have judges and magistrates. Magistrates are judicial officers appointed by the senior Superior Court judges and may issue warrants, set bail, accept guilty pleas, as well as payments for costs and fines.
North Carolina Superior Courts are responsible for felony criminal cases, civil cases over $10,000, and appeals of misdemeanors and infractions from the District Court. There is also a Business Court, which is a specialized division responsible for the more complex commercial and corporate law cases. Business Court cases are assigned by the Chief Justice of the NC Supreme Court to a special superior court judge.
The North Carolina Court of Appeals is the intermediate appellate court and is primarily responsible for review of appeals from the lower courts.
The Supreme Court is the highest court in North Carolina and is responsible for reviewing death penalty cases, Utility Commission cases, and other opinions from the lower courts.
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