California Legal Overview: San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland
The San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland metro area in Northern California covers 11 counties. This includes nine counties in what is known as the San Francisco Bay Area, and the San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. Listed below are some of the main cities in the San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland metro area.
Top California cities for Legal Issues:
1. Each of the 11 aforementioned counties is served by one of the 58 superior courts in California that have general jurisdiction as the main trial courts in the Golden State. For example, the Superior Court of San Francisco has separate divisions for everything from city and county criminal prosecutions to probate matters, traffic infractions and small claims. It has an appellate division for limited jurisdiction appeals in certain cases, and a unified family court for California divorce petitions and other family law matters.
2. The mother of a man who shot and killed himself during a confrontation with San Francisco police has filed a wrongful death and civil rights lawsuit against the SFPD. Kenneth Harding Jr., 19, was apparently trying to get away with fare evasion at a transit stop when he was confronted, tried to evade arrest and died after an exchange of gunfire with the police.
3. San Francisco-based online gaming company Zynga is facing two business law violation lawsuits. One is a class-action lawsuit alleging insider trading by the company's executives, and the other one is a copyrights infringement lawsuit filed by Electronic Arts Inc.
CA Superior Courts
SF City Attorney
First Appellate District
California Supreme Court
California Divorce in San Francisco
Trending San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland Legal Topics: Appeals against verdicts handed down by a superior court in California can be filed with one of the California Courts of Appeal, which are divided into six judicial districts and further sub-divided into appellate divisions within each district. An appeal against a decision of the San Francisco Superior Court would have to be filed with the First Appellate District, which hears appeals for San Francisco and 11 other counties in Northern California. The California Supreme Court is the court of last resort.