Traffic violations are often heard in special, municipal TRAFFIC COURTS, located around the State; the exact traffic court will depend on the location of the traffic offense. Other violations, such as illegal shellfishing, and all misdemeanors are heard in DISTRICT COURT. There are eight Divisions of the District Court located throughout the State, although several of them are combined in one building in Providence. The particular Division hearing a criminal case is determined by where the crime happened, not by where the defendant lives.