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In California, there are trial courts and appellate courts. The appellate courts consist of the Courts of Appeal and the California Supreme Court.

The trial courts are known as Superior Courts, and there is one in each county. In 2000, under Proposition 220, all California counties unified their Superior and Municipal Courts. Former Municipal Courts are now called limited jurisdiction Superior Courts, and they handle felony preliminary hearings, traffic cases, and smaller misdemeanors. The general jurisdiction Superior Courts handle civil, felony, misdemeanor, DWI/DUI, juvenile, family, divorce, probate, and small claims cases.

Use the resources below to search statewide California Supreme and Court of Appeals cases. For Superior Court cases, use the resources listed below by county.

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