Superior Court is the court in which major felonies such as murder, robbery, drug trafficking and serious crimes of violence and abuse are prosecuted.
These types of cases must first be presented to a Grand Jury, which issues indictments charging defendants with these serious crimes. Trial juries in Superior Court consist of twelve persons, as opposed to just six in District Court.
Defendants convicted of felonies in Superior Court can be sentenced to lengthy periods of incarceration in state prison, which is not available in District Court.
There are two Superior Courts in the Northwestern District: Hampshire Superior Court, located in Northampton, and Franklin Superior Court, located in Greenfield.