Alaska's state court system is divided between four levels: the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, Superior Court, and District Court. The five justices of the Supreme Court hear final appeals of both criminal and civil matters. The Court of Appeals, where three judges sit, hears criminal appeals. The state's some 40 Superior Courts try criminal and civil cases. The 20-plus District Courts hear cases involving misdemeanors and civil cases under $100,000. Judges in the Alaska state courts are appointed by the governor.