Courts in Georgia

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Courts in Georgia include Georgia's state court system and three federal district courts.

The structure of Georgia's state court system.

Appellate Courts

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Georgia Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is the court of last resort in the state. It has seven justices and comprehensive jurisdiction.[1]

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Georgia Court of Appeals

The Court of Appeals is the first court of appeals for most civil and criminal cases in the state. There are twelve judges on the court that hear cases in one of four three-judge panels.[2]

Trial Courts

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Georgia Superior Courts

The superior courts are the trial courts in the state with general jurisdiction. The courts are divided into ten judicial districts with 49 circuits and 205 judges. Each county has its own superior court.[3]

Courts of limited jurisdiction

The Georgia State Courts are countywide courts of limited jurisdiction. Where they exist, the jurisdiction of these courts is misdemeanor violations. There are 122 judges serving 70 courts.[4]

The Georgia Juvenile Courts handle cases involving children under the age of 17. There are 120 judges (and associate judges) serving 159 courts at this level.[5]

The Georgia Probate Courts has original jurisdiction over issues involving wills, estates and appointment of guardians. There are 159 judges serving 159 courts.[6]

The Magistrate Courts do not conduct jury trials. They cover a range of jurisdiction, including: civil claims of less than $15,000, warrants, county ordinance violations, account fraud and preliminary hearings. There are 159 magistrate courts, with 354 magistrates.[7]

The jurisdiction and terms of judges vary throughout the Georgia Municipal Courts. There are 370 municipal courts with 352 active judges.[8]

Federal courts

The federal district court in Georgia are:

Decisions of these courts may be appealed to the Eleventh Circuit.

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