In West Virginia, there are limited jurisdiction courts, general jurisdiction trial courts, and a single appellate court, The Supreme Court of Appeals.
Limited jurisdiction courts include Municipal Courts, Magistrate Courts, and Family Courts. Municipal Courts handle city ordinance violations. Magistrate Courts are responsible for misdemeanors and civil cases up to $5,000. Family Courts handle cases regarding children, parents, and spouses.
The Circuit Courts are the trial courts of general jurisdiction. They oversee civil cases over $300, misdemeanors, and felonies. West Virginia is divided into 31 judicial circuits, served by 65 circuit judges.
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