Courts in Rhode Island
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The courts in Rhode Island include the state court system and two federal courts.
The Superior Court is the trial court of general jurisdiction. It has jurisdiction in all felony cases and civil cases where the amount in dispute is over $10,000. The five counties of Rhode Island are divided into four judicial districts.
The District Court tries criminal misdemeanor cases and civil cases where the amount in dispute is no more than $10,000. There are no jury trials in the District Court.
The Family Court has jurisdiction over domestic relations issues involving children. It includes the specialized Juvenile Drug Court, Truancy Court and Domestic Violence Court.
The Workers' Compensation Court has jurisdiction over all workers' compensation matters.
The Traffic Tribunal hears traffic cases and keeps records of driving accidents and violations.
Appeals from these federal courts go to the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals.