Rhode Island's court system has three tiers.
The bottom level is made up of district courts, which hear misdemeanor criminal cases and civil cases involving amounts under $5,000. The district courts also hold concurrent with the next highest court level, the superior courts, for civil cases of between $5,000 and $10,000.
The superior courts is the state's trial court, handling all criminal felony proceedings and civil cases where the amount in dispute is more than $10,000. Superior courts also handle appeals from the district courts.
Unlike most states, Rhode Island has no intermediate appellate court. The Supreme Court, the top tier of the structure, is the court of last resort, handling appeals from the superior courts and holding jurisdiction over all state courts.
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