Court Types - City Courts

City Court

City Courts arraign felonies and handle misdemeanors and lesser offenses as well as civil lawsuits involving claims of up to $15,000. Some City Courts have a small claims part for the informal disposition of matters involving claims of up to $5,000 and/or housing parts to handle landlord-tenant matters and housing violations. City Court Judges are either elected or appointed, depending upon the particular city. Full-time City Court Judges serve 10-year terms, while part-time City Court Judges serve six-year terms.