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Superior courts; jurisdiction
Criminal Procedure (CPL) CHAPTER 11-A, PART 1, TITLE B, ARTICLE 10
§ 10.20 Superior courts; jurisdiction.

1. Superior courts have trial jurisdiction of all offenses. They have:

(a) Exclusive trial jurisdiction of felonies; and

(b) Trial jurisdiction of misdemeanors concurrent with that of the
local criminal courts; and

(c) Trial jurisdiction of petty offenses, but only when such an
offense is charged in an indictment which also charges a crime.

2. Superior courts have preliminary jurisdiction of all offenses, but
they exercise such jurisdiction only by reason of and through the agency
of their grand juries.

3. Superior court judges may, in their discretion, sit as local
criminal courts for the following purposes:

(a) conducting arraignments, as provided in subdivision two of section
170.15 and subdivision two of section 180.20 of this chapter;

(b) issuing warrants of arrests, as provided in subdivision one of
section 120.70 of this chapter; and

(c) issuing search warrants, as provided in article six hundred ninety
of this chapter.