The vast majority of cases in the California courts begin in one of the 58 superior, or trial courts — located in each of the state's 58 counties.
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The Supreme Court of California is the state's highest court. Its decisions are binding on all other California state courts.
Courts of Appeal
Courts of Appeal have appellate jurisdiction when superior courts have original jurisdiction, and in certain other cases prescribed by statute.
California has 58 trial courts, one in each county.