State Court

Definition - What does State Court mean?

A state court is a court that operates in a state and deals with state laws. Every state in America has its own state court system.

State courts are an alternative to federal courts, which are courts that deal with federal laws. Laws can vary from state to state, and state courts operate under state laws.

Justipedia explains State Court

State court systems are equipped to handle both civil and criminal cases. State courts are often divided into different types of courts such as district courts, superior courts, circuit courts, supreme courts, etc.

Because state courts revolve around state laws, one action may be legal in one state but illegal in another state. This means that state courts in one state may prosecute people for a crime that may be completely legal in another state.

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