In Georgia, there are limited jurisdiction courts, general jurisdiction trial courts, and appellate courts. The appellate courts consist of the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.
Georgia has five types of limited jurisdiction courts: Municipal Courts serve incorporated municipalities and handle ordinance violations, criminal warrants, and preliminary hearings; Magistrate Courts handle civil claims up to $15,000, minor criminal offenses, distress warrants, county ordinance violations, and preliminary hearings; Probate Courts handle wills, estates, guardianship issues, marriage licenses, and misdemeanors & violations in counties lacking a State Court; Juvenile Courts protect the well-being of children through custody, delinquency, and parental rights cases; and State Courts handle misdemeanors, traffic cases, and civil actions, except where Superior Court has exclusive jurisdiction.
Superior Courts are the general jurisdiction trial courts. They have authority over felony, divorce, equity, and land title cases. Superior Courts also assume the role of State Courts in counties that do not have State Courts. Each county has a Superior Court, and the courts are organized into 10 Judicial Districts, comprised of 49 judicial circuits.
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