The state court system is made up of three levels – the trial court (sometimes referred to as the lower court), the Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of Ohio. An individual’s first contact with the court system is usually with the trial court. If those proceedings result in an unfavorable decision, you have the right to file an appeal of that decision with the Court of Appeals of Ohio covering your jurisdictional area. If you are unsuccessful at the Court of Appeals level, you can petition the Supreme Court of Ohio to hear your case. Federal courts also have a similar 3-tiered system.