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Question: What is the difference between a superior court and a justice court?

Answer: There are many differences between the two. A Justice Court handles cases that include civil lawsuits where the amount in dispute is $10,000 or less, landlord and tenant controversies, small claims cases and the full range of civil and criminal traffic offenses, including DUIs. Justices of the peace also resolve other types of misdemeanor allegations (e.g. shoplifting, writing bad checks, violating restraining orders) and, like other trial judges, also handle requests for orders of protection and injunctions against harassment. Superior Court is the state’s general jurisdiction court.

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