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Overview of the Utah Court System
Utah's court system is divided into four levels of authority.
The bottom level includes juvenile courts and justice courts. Juvenile courts handle cases involving minors and determines custody, child support, and visitation in some circumstances. Justice courts have jurisdiction over misdemeanor cases, small civil cases, and municipal ordinance violations.
The second level is the district court, which is Utah's trial court of general jurisdiction. District courts handle criminal felony, civil, and domestic relations cases and also serves as an appellate court to review adjudicative proceedings from state administrative agencies.
The Court of Appeals, which occupies the third level, hears appeals of decisions made in the juvenile and district courts. It also reviews appeals of administrative proceedings of state agencies.
The top tier is the Supreme Court, Utah's court of last resort. This court hears appeals of decisions from the Court of Appeals. The court also governs the practice of law in Utah, including admissions to practice law and conduct and discipline of lawyers.
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