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There are a total of 13 U.S. States that are considered part of the Southern United States that is referred to as the American South, Dixie, Down South, or most prevalently “the South.” Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia are all states that are widely considered to be a part of the region known as the South, which has a wide and lasting affect on the cuisine, culture, industry, and social history of the United States. The magnitude of the South is great and includes over 1/3rd of the U.S. population encompassing major cities like Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas, Texas which all have populations in excess of 1 million; but there are also others on the cusp of the 1 million mark like Jacksonville, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina.
The South is afflicted with a number of competing legal issues including immigration, bankruptcy, personal injury, criminal, and real property cases. Since the South is comprised of states with judicial systems that vary in arrangement and jurisdiction, it’s often best to consult a lawyer who is familiar with your local courts and the area of practice to which your case belongs.
Cases that involve visas, deportation, or citizenship must be filed with the U.S. Immigration Court nearest to you. Likewise, U.S. District Courts are in every state in the South and will likely be the location you file bankruptcy or a lawsuit against a large corporation. Other cases that are handled by state courts like personal injury and criminal cases vary by state and must be adjudicated by the appropriate court near you. A personal injury claim in Texas should be filed with a District or County court, whereas the same case in Florida would likely be filed with the local Circuit Court.
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