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The Franklin County District Court is a Court of Limited Jurisdiction established by State statute. The Court hears criminal, civil, infraction, and miscellaneous cases. Criminal misdemeanor cases carry a maximum penalty of up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Criminal gross misdemeanor cases carry a maximum penalty of up to 1 year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

EXAMPLES OF CRIMINAL CASES HEARD BY DISTRICT COURT
DUI
Domestic Violence Assault
Driving While Suspended

We supervise cases involving felony reductions, gross misdemeanors, such as domestic violence assault, and serious traffic violations involving driving under the influence and other misdemeanors. We also provide supervision for DUI Deferred Prosecution and Felony Diversion Program. This department also monitors community service, cases involving restitution and runs a full time work crew program.

CIVIL CASES INCLUDE
General civil actions with damage claims in the maximum amount of $100,000. The court does not hear cases involving title to or possession of real property.
Small claims actions with money claims in the maximum amount of $5,000. The Small Claims Court may only grant judgment for monetary damages. The Court may not order the other party to return property or do anything except pay money.

INFRACTIONS INCLUDE
Traffic Violations
Code Violations

MISCELLANEOUS PROCEEDINGS INCLUDE
Anti-Harassment Petitions
Name Change Petitions
Vehicle Impound Hearings