Each Canadian province and territory has superior courts, known by various names, including Superior Court of Justice, Supreme Court, and Court of Queen's Bench. The superior courts have "inherent jurisdiction," which means that they can hear cases in any area except those that are specifically limited to another level of court. The superior courts try the most serious criminal and civil cases.
In most provinces and territories, the superior court has special divisions, such as the family division, and can also act as a court of first appeal for the underlying court system that provinces and territories maintain. Although superior courts are administered by the provinces and territories, the judges are appointed and paid by the federal government. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice is the largest superior trial court in Canada: http://www.ontariocourts.on.ca/scj/en/
. Website: www.justice.gc.ca/eng/dept-min/pub/ccs-ajc/page3.html#provincial2