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Diagram of Virginia's Judicial System
Virginia's judicial system consists of four levels of courts. Judges are elected by the state legislature for a specific term.
Supreme Court: Virginia's court of last resort reviews decisions of the circuit courts and the Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals: Provides a review of lower court decisions and state commissions
Circuit Courts: general jurisdiction trial courts with authority to try all types of civil and criminal cases
- General District Courts: limited jurisdiction trial courts that hear civil cases involving amounts in controversy up to $15,000, and conducts trials for traffic infractions and misdemeanor offenses
- Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts: limited jurisdiction trial courts that hear cases involving children and families
Using the website of Virginia's Judicial System, what are the essential duties of each court?
Source: "The Virginia Judicial System," <a href="http://www.courts.state.va.us/courts/home.html" target="_blank">Supreme Court of Virginia</a> (accessed September 1, 2009).