State Court Statistics

Essay by angelsmagUniversity, Bachelor'sA-, August 2008

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The State courts that will be used in this comparison of statistics and case load are: Michigan, New York, California, and Maryland.

The court systems in Michigan are relatively simple. The lowest court is the district court followed by the circuit court, court of appeals, and the Michigan Supreme Court. The New York Court Structure entails a variety of departments for diverse matters. Within the lower courts, there are: a Civil Court of The City Of New York for Civil trials that has jurors; A Criminal Court of the City of New York; The Town and Village Justice Court for Community matters with jurors; Family Court; District Courts; City Courts; Court of Claims with no jurors dealing with State matters. Subsequently, Surrogates Court for adoption/Guardian matters; County Courts for matters in that precise areas; Supreme Court; Appellate Divisions of Supreme Court for administrational matters; Appellate Terms of Supreme Court for the other sub departments within the other courts; and Court of Appeals for and Capital crime, and matters that is being reviewed by the higher court.

California has two types of courts: 58 trial courts, one in each county, and appellate courts. Trial courts are the superior courts; appellate courts are the six districts of the Courts of Appeal and the California Supreme Court. Maryland???Though the court structures may vary from state to state, one thing is the same; The Court of Appeals is the highest court in the State (commonly called the Supreme Court in other states). With this in mind, the similarities between the Court Structures in Michigan; Maryland; California; and New York is that each of the State's highest courts entails the same number of seven judges that handles mandatory jurisdiction in administrational; and appellate decisions. Additionally, Michigan's and New York's Court of Claims do not...