The Court hears adult felony criminal cases. Criminal cases are brought by the government against individuals or corporations accused of committing a crime. The government makes the charge because a crime is considered an act against all of society. The prosecuting attorney prosecutes the charge against the accused person (defendant) on behalf of the government (plaintiff). The prosecution must prove to the judge or jury that the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Superior Court has state-wide jurisdiction and generally hears major criminal matters (felonies).
In Thurston County Superior Court, two Judges are assigned to hear criminal calendars and one Court Commissioner is assigned to hear the preliminary appearance calendar.