Before June 1998, California's trial courts consisted of superior and municipal courts, each with its own jurisdiction and number of judges fixed by the Legislature. In June 1998, California voters approved Proposition 220, a constitutional amendment that permitted the judges in each county to merge their superior and municipal courts into a "unified," or single, superior court. As of February 2001, all of California's 58 counties have voted to unify their trial courts.
The Superior Court is a unified state trial court serving the County of Orange. The court has seven locations and hears all matters in criminal, traffic, civil, probate, juvenile, family law, and mental health cases.
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Chief Justice Names New Supervising Attorneys. Kyle Graham is the California Supreme Court’s new chief supervising attorney. Graham, who will also head the Chief Justice’s chambers staff, replaces Jake Dear, who retired after serving in that role since 2007 and 40 years of service to the court. The Chief Justice also named Jonathan Lange to replace Graham as assistant chief supervising attorney at the court.
California has 58 superior courts, one for each county in the state. Many court services are handled by the local courts directly. You can find addresses, web links, and jury information on this page after searching for the court you need.
The Superior Court has jurisdiction over misdemeanor and felony criminal charges. Misdemeanors are offenses generally punishable by fine and/or county jail term, and felonies are generally punishable by imprisonment in the State prison and/or fines, or even the death penalty. The Court conducts arraignments where accused individuals are informed of the specific charges against them and are advised of their rights.