a court that hears and determines matters concerning its own laws and other matters within its jurisdiction as provided by law
Prior to the Trial Court Unification Act of 1998, this court was found in judicial districts having more than 40,000 people and was part of the lower court system. The following types of cases were heard in municipal courts: (1) civil suits for damages less than $25,000; (2) all nonjuvenile criminal misdemeanors carrying penalties of not more than one year in county jail or a fine of $2,500; and (3) preliminary hearings in felony cases.
see lower court.
City court of limited jurisdiction. See "District Court" for jurisdictional limitations.
a "criminal justice agency" under K
Court whose jurisdiction is confined to the city or community in which it is erected. Usually has summary jurisdiction over minor offenses and a limited number of misdemeanors. Occasionally also possesses limited civil jurisdiction. Pennsylvania has one municipal court, Philadelphia Municipal Court.
A basic level court presided over by a judge how hears misdemeanors and preliminary felony hearings.
This court is part of the lower court system, and is also known as a limited jurisdiction court. The following types of cases are heard in a limited jurisdiction court: (1) civil suits for damages less than $25,000, (2) all non-juvenile criminal misdemeanors carrying penalties of not more than one year in county jail or a fine of $1,000, and (3) preliminary hearings in felony cases. When a court decides there is evidence to hold a defendant, the accused is "bound over" to the general jurisdiction court for further proceedings.