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The 3 B District Court has jurisdiction of all misdemeanors committed in St. Joseph County by anyone 17 years old or older. This includes all cities, townships and villages within St. Joseph County. Cases handled in this division include major traffic and misdemeanor offenses, liquor, conservation, watercraft, and animal violations. Most of these violations require a personal appearance before a Judge or Magistrate.
The 3 B District Court has jurisdiction to conduct an arraignment and a preliminary examination over all felonies committed in St. Joseph County by anyone 17 years old or older. A preliminary examination is held to establish probable cause that a felony was committed and probable cause to believe that the defendant committed the felony.