What are the different types of cases?

There are two basic types of cases, criminal and civil (including family cases).

Criminal Cases

A criminal case results when a person is accused of committing a crime. You, as a juror, must decide whether the person charged is guilty or not guilty. The accused person is presumed innocent and the state, represented by the district or county attorney, must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Civil Cases

A civil case results from a disagreement or dispute between two or more parties. In a civil case, you, as a juror, must answer questions of disputed facts based on the testimony and evidence admitted by the judge. The answers to these questions are called the verdict. Note: Municipal Court does not hear civil cases. Will I be paid for being a juror? No. The Municipal Court is not required to compensate for jury duty.

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1. Why is jury service important?
2. What is my duty as a juror?
3. How was I selected?
4. Am I eligible?
5. Who is not eligible to serve on a jury?
6. Who can be excused from jury service?
7. What are the different types of cases?
8. Must my employer pay me while I am on jury duty?
9. Who can have a jury trial?
10. Are there rules about jury conduct?