Some types of cases municipal courts hear include civil cases, traffic violations and those related to misdemeanors, notes the Hamilton County Law Library. These lower-level courts typically don't hear serious misdemeanor cases, cases related to juveniles who committed criminal acts or felony cases. These types of cases may be referred to a court of common pleas or a district court, with a state's supreme court handling large public interest cases.
Municipal courts may be at the county or township level, and they can be made up of several divisions that each deal with a specific type of case. In addition to civil and traffic cases, some courts have a division handling issues related to housing or the environment and deal with tenant issues, building safety and other related concerns.