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California Criminal Records

  • California has 39,144,818 total people (FBI, 2015).
  • California is the 50th largest state by population.

Court System

  1. The Superior Courts are California's trial courts and they have jurisdiction over all criminal and civil cases.
  2. The Courts of Appeal have appellate jurisdiction in cases where the Superior Court has original jurisdiction. This court has original jurisdiction in habeas corpus, mandamus certiorari, and prohibition proceedings, like the Supreme Court.
  3. The Supreme Court has original jurisdiction in habeas corpus, mandamus, certiorari, and prohibition cases. They also have the authority to review cases from the Courts of Appeal and adopt rules governing the conduct of judges and the conduct of judicial candidates in their campaigns.

Crime Statistics for California (FBI, 2015)

Crime Category Reported Cases National Rank
Violent Crime 166,883 50th / 51 (Very High)
Murder 1,861 50th / 51 (Very High)
Rape 12,811 50th / 51 (Very High)
Robbery 52,862 50th / 51 (Very High)
Aggravated Assault 99,349 50th / 51 (Very High)
Property Crime 1,024,914 50th / 51 (Very High)
Burglary 197,404 50th / 51 (Very High)
Larceny Theft 656,517 50th / 51 (Very High)
Motor Vehicle Theft 170,993 50th / 51 (Very High)