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Overview of the Washington Court System

Washington residents must deal with a wide variety of legal issues on a daily basis. For those who need to navigate the legal system, it's important to understand that the state's courts are divided into four different tiers.

Small claims, some civil actions, traffic infractions, misdemeanor traffic cases and domestic violence restraining order cases are handled in the municipal and district courts, which are considered courts of limited jurisdiction. These courts are located in many towns and cities throughout the state. Serious criminal issues, felony traffic violations, juvenile cases and some civil issues are handled in the superior courts, of which each county has at least one. The three Courts of Appeals, which are located in Tacoma, Seattle and Spokane, respectively, handle the majority of appeals from lower courts. The Washington Supreme Court has ultimate jurisdiction over all cases in the state.

Washington Attorneys and Lawyers

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