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CRIMINAL COURT

Criminal courts have jurisdiction over misdemeanors - offenses generally punishable by fine and/or county jail term - preliminary felony hearings and felony trials. Criminal courts conduct arraignments, criminal readiness, trials, motions, sentencing, probation hearings, and Mental Health proceedings.

The non-judicial support for criminal courts consists of Court Clerks, a Criminal Calendar Department, and Interpreters. Court Clerks assist the judges in the courtroom by preparing minutes, scheduling events, marking exhibits and various other duties. The Criminal Calendar Department transfers information from the courtrooms and other outside sources to various computer systems to create indexes, calendar and minutes. The Interpreters provide interpreting services for the Court in both the verbal and written form.

CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS

With the unification of the Municipal and Superior Courts, Superior Court has criminal jurisdiction over all misdemeanors, preliminary felony hearings, and felony trials. The Court conducts arraignments where accused individuals are informed of the specific charges against them and are advised of their rights. The court holds preliminary hearings on felony charges to determine if there is sufficient evidence to require a defendant to stand trial. More detailed information is located in the following sections:


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