COURTS OF GENERAL JURISDICTION:
"Every state has a set of courts called courts of general jurisdiction that are empowered to hear most kinds of civil cases, including tort, contract, and property claims. These are the basic-level trial courts that hear the bulk of the state’s judicial business. Usually the subject matter jurisdiction of courts of general jurisdiction is unrestricted; the state constitutional provision or statute that gives them authority will be expressed in broad language, giving them 'original jurisdiction in all civil, probate, and criminal cases, except as otherwise provided herein.'" -From, "Law 101"