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California has 58 Superior Courts, also known as trial courts, one in each California county.

Superior courts handle all types of state cases: criminal, civil, family and juvenile, and probate. They also handle Mental Health cases and certain appeals.

In the most recent year, over 7.5 million cases were filed statewide in the Superior Courts.

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Helping Court Users Help Themselves

Helping Court Users Help Themselves

January 31, 2018 | Feature
Every year, nearly 1.2 million people come to self-help centers in California courthouses seeking guidance with civil cases such as divorces, evictions, and restraining orders. While every county court has its own self-help center, nearly a dozen also use JusticeCorps students to help serve users.
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Courts Without Borders

Courts Without Borders

January 23, 2018 | Feature
With dozens of Santa Barbara court employees cut off by mudslides, an unusual partnership with a neighboring county helps keep the court running.
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Audio: Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye on Access 3D

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye lays the foundation for reforms within the branch to make access to justice physical, remote, and equal. 

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