The circuit court handles all civil cases with claims of more than $25,000. It
shares authority with the general district court to hear matters involving
claims between $4,500 and $25,000. The circuit court has the authority to hear
serious criminal cases called felonies.
The general district court handles traffic violations, hears minor criminal
cases known as misdemeanors, and conducts preliminary hearings for more serious
criminal cases called felonies.
Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
The juvenile and domestic relations district court hears all matters involving
juveniles such as criminal or traffic matters. Juvenile delinquency cases are
cases involving a minor under the age of 18 who has been accused of committing
an offense that would be considered criminal if committed by an adult. Other
juvenile offenses may be referred to as status offenses. Status offenses are
those acts that are unlawful only because they are committed by a minor.
In addition, this court handles other matters
involving the family such as custody, support and visitation. The court also
hears family abuse cases, cases where adults have been accused of child abuse or
neglect, and criminal cases where the defendant and alleged victim are family or