What are the different types of cases?

There are two basic types of 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 (including family 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 upon the testimony and evidence admitted by the Judge. The answers to these questions are called the verdict.

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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 can be excused from jury service?
6. What are the different types of cases?
7. Will I be paid for being a juror?
8. Must my employer pay me while I am on jury duty?
9. Who can have a jury trial?
10. How is a juror selected for a particular case?
11. What is voir dire or questioning of the jury panel?
12. What if I have a special need or emergency?