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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 the probate process for a will, are also 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. FindLaw's section on State Court Cases provides a general primer on state courts, as well as articles on how to determine the venue of your case, the key differences between federal and state courts, and other related information. In this section, you can also find information and links to state probate and family courts.

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