In the District of Columbia, there is a trial court and an appellate court. The latter consists of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
The Superior Court is the general jurisdiction trial court that handles all civil, criminal, family, domestic violence, probate, tax, landlord-tenant, small claims, traffic, mediation, and juvenile probation cases.
The Civil Division contains four branches: the Civil Actions Branch; the Quality Review Branch; the Landlord and Tenant Branch; and the Small Claims Branch.
The Criminal Division handles all felonies, misdemeanors, and serious traffic cases.
The Family Court is comprised of six branches: the Domestic Relations Branch; the Marriage Bureau Branch; the Juvenile and Neglect Branch; the Paternity and Child Support Branch; the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Branch; and the Counsel for Child Abuse and Neglect Branch.
The Domestic Violence Unit handles protection orders against persons related by blood, proximity, or dating relationship.
The Probate Division handles the estates of the deceased, trusts, guardianships of the estates of minors, and guardianships & conservatorships of incapacitated adults.
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