"the judge increased the bond on each individual charge to a total of $450,000 and ruled the case would go to superior court."

In the United States judicial system, Superior Courts are such because they have unlimited jurisdiction regarding legal cases that are criminal or civil as opposed to the limited jurisdiction of the lesser courts.  More specifically, in North Carolina, the Superior Court has general jurisdiction if the legal matter exceeds $10,000 or if it is a felony case.  All felony cases tried in Superior Court are done so before a 12-person jury.

Submitted by student author: Alexis Luther