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Named for Confederate General Braxton Bragg, Fort Bragg is a major United States Army installation in Cumberland County, North Carolina. By population, Fort Bragg is the largest Army installation in the world, housing almost 10 percent of the Army’s active forces. Approximately 43,000 military and 8,000 civilian personnel work at Fort Bragg. Fort Bragg hosts America's only airborne corps and airborne division, as well as the "Green Berets" of the Special Operations Command and the Army's largest support command.
Despite Fort Bragg’s military predominance, the Army installation and its citizens do find themselves embroiled in legal matters outside of military jurisdiction. In September 2009, a number of media outlets threatened to sue Fort Bragg for placing restrictions on press coverage of Sarah Palin’s book signing appearance. The threatened lawsuit asked for a temporary restraining order that would prohibit Fort Bragg from giving the media less access to the event than that provided to the public. Officials of Fort Bragg claimed that the ban was intended to prevent the book signing from turning into a political platform, which would violate military regulations. However, the ban was lifted prior to filing of the suit.
There are a number of courts within Cumberland County that may adjudicate your legal case. If your case is a probate of wills, a felony charge or a more serious misdemeanor charge, or a civil suit with an amount in controversy exceeding $10,000, it will most likely be brought before the Superior Court in Cumberland County. The county’s District Court shares jurisdiction with the Superior Court in civil matters, but generally hears civil suits involving $10,000 or less. The District Court’s criminal jurisdiction includes preliminary hearings in felony cases, acceptance of guilty pleas in certain felony cases, and virtually all misdemeanor and infraction cases. It also has jurisdiction over all juvenile proceedings, mental health hospital commitments, and domestic relations cases. Family Court and Small Claims Court are subdivisions of the District Court. The District Court provides trial by jury in civil cases, but not criminal cases.
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