Government - Judicial
branch decides how state laws should be applied. The
governor appoints judges to the Supreme and Superior courts
with the Senate's approval. The judges serve seven-year terms,
but after they have been re-appointed once, they can serve
until they are 70.
highest court in the judiciary branch is the state Supreme
Court. This court hears cases involving constitutional problems
and other major matters. The Supreme Court consists of a chief
justice and six associate justices.
chief justice investigates complaints against the courts, supervises
the clerks and court workers, and oversees the court finances.
He or she earns $156,634 per year. Associate justices each
The state Superior Court is divided into the Appellate, Law, and Chancery
divisions. Superior Court is where most trials take place. The Appellate
Division hears appeals of decisions from lower courts and state agencies.
Law hears cases in its Criminal Division and Civil Division. Criminal deals
with people accused of crimes while Civil deals with lawsuits. Chancery consists
of a General Equity Division and Family Division. General Equity cases involve
matters such as contracts. The Family Division deals with family and children's