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What is Georgia State Court?: Gainesville GA Lawyer Explains

What happens in the State Courts of Georgia?


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Not to be confused with Federal versus “State” Courts.  In Georgia, there is actually a level called the State Courts of Georgia.  The State Courts of Georgia have two primary responsibilities:

1. Misdemeanor Criminal trial, which include pleas, arraignments and trials.  They do not handle any felony cases.  Felony cases go to the the Superior Courts.

2. Civil trials, which include cases up to any dollar amount.  They do not handle divorce cases and equitable powers. These two types of cases can only be handled by the Superior Courts.

Please remember the following important points:  First, Georgia State Court is an intermediate court, between the Magistrate and Superior Courts.  Even though this may be their first judgeship, the judges have many years of experience; either as a prosecuting or a defense attorney.  Second, if your case can be handled by either the State or Superior Courts, please consult with an attorney to discuss which court it would be best to hear your case.


At A. Bishop Law, our Georgia Georgia Lawyer welcomes questions on Criminal Defense laws, Traffic Laws and Georgia DUI laws. Please Call or Email us with any questions.

About the attorney:  Anne Bishop is a Georgia Lawyer with A. Bishop Law in Gainesville, Georgia and handles various DUI / DWIMarijuana Arrests and other Georgia Criminal Defense matters.  The law office of A. Bishop Law can assist clients throughout Georgia including: Hall County (Gainesville, OakwoodFlowery Branch), Jackson County  (Jefferson, Braselton) White County (Helen, Cleveland), Lumpkin County (Dahlonega), Dawson County (Dawsonville), Habersham County (Demorest, Cornelia), and all of Northeast Georgia.

This article and/or video should not be considered nor relied upon as legal advice since it is only intended for general overview and informational purposes. Please consult with an attorney on your specific situation in order to determine an appropriate legal course of action.

Anne Bishop
A. Bishop Law, LLC
Attorney at Law
539 Green Street NW
Phone: (770) 783-5296