Courts in Washington
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The courts in Washington include the state court system and four federal courts.
The Supreme Court is the court of last resort in Washington. It hears appeals from the Court of Appeals and administers all the courts.
The Superior Courts are the top trial courts in Washington and they hear civil, felony, domestic relations and juvenile cases. They also hear appeals from the lower courts. There are 29 Superior Court districts in Washington.
The District Courts have limited jurisdiction. They can hear misdemeanor cases, civil cases under $50,000, small claims and infractions. There are 49 District Courts. Some of them have multiple locations.
There are four federal courts in Washington:
- Eastern District of Washington
- Western District of Washington
- Eastern District of Washington Bankruptcy Court
- Western District of Washington Bankruptcy Court
Appeals go to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.