What are the different types of cases?

There are two basic types of cases; criminal and civil.


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 city or state, represented by a prosecutor, must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The verdict must be 6-0 (unanimous).

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 upon the testimony and evidence admitted by the Judge. The answers to these questions are called the verdict. In civil cases, 5 out of 6 must agree on 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 to be a juror?
5. What are the different types of cases?
6. Will I be paid for being a juror?
7. Is my employer required to pay me while I am on jury duty? Can I be fired for missing work for jury duty?