In Virginia, there are limited jurisdiction courts, general jurisdiction trial courts, and appellate courts. The latter consist of the Court of Appeals and the Virginia Supreme Court.

District Courts are the limited jurisdiction courts. General District Courts handle ordinance and traffic violations, misdemeanors, civil cases up to $25,000, and small claims cases. Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts handle matters involving children, parents, and spouses.

Circuit Courts are the trial courts of general jurisdiction. They are responsible for civil cases, divorces, adoptions, probate matters, felonies, and misdemeanor appeals. Virginia is divided into 31 judicial circuits, each with at least one Circuit Court.

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