Superior Court

Definition - What does Superior Court mean?

Superior court is the name in many states for the basic trial court where the majority of cases in a county are tried.

Superior courts are in between appeals courts and inferior courts when it comes to authority. Appeals courts have more authority than superior courts, and inferior courts have less authority.

Justipedia explains Superior Court

If a person is accused of committing a crime in a given county, then they can be scheduled to have "a day in court." This day in court will give the defendant the opportunity to have their case tried in front of a judge, and often a jury. Many of these trials take place in superior courts. If a person is accused of a crime in a different county, then they will likely have their day in court in the other county's superior court.

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