State Court Cases
The vast majority of both civil and criminal cases are heard in state courts, from major felonies to speeding tickets. Other procedures typically not related to disputes among parties, such as obtaining a marriage license or executing a will, also are handled by state courts. In fact, the only types of cases state courts do not deal with are those involving immigration; bankruptcy; patents; copyrights; and federal criminal cases. This section covers the basics of state court cases, with a general primer on state courts; how to determine the venue of your case; and more.
- State Courts In-Depth
Basic overview of the essential structure and functions of state courts in the U.S.
- State Court Cases: How to Determine Where Your Suit Will Be Heard
Explanation of how to determine where your suit will be heard in most states' court systems
- State Courts: Venue Rules Govern Where You Can File Your Lawsuit
How to choose a venue when filing a lawsuit, which is determined by case-specific factors
- State Probate Courts
Directory of probate courts in all 50 states, including descriptions and links to court Websites
- State Small Claims Courts
Concise descriptions of each state's small claims court system, with links to information and forms
- State Family Courts
General description of each state's family court system, with links to online court resources