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Iowa has three separate courts, each occupying a separate tier.
The bottom tier, the district courts, is where nearly all cases in the state begin. These courts handle civil, criminal, juvenile, and probate matters. Each of Iowa's 99 counties has a district court.
The middle tier is the Court of Appeals. This court hears appeals of decisions made in the district courts, either upholding or reversing them.
Decisions made by the Court of Appeals may be appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court, the top level of the judicial system. The Supreme Court is also responsible for general administration of the state's entire court system.
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