Courts in Rhode Island
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Judges by County
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 regarding amounts over $10,000. There are three divisions within this level of court: the Business Calendar, the Adult Drug Court, and the Gun Court.
The District Court tries criminal misdemeanor cases and civil cases regarding amounts of up to $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 which hears traffic cases and keeps records of driving accidents and violations.
Appeals go to the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals.