General Court Procedures

The Process of Trials for Criminal Cases

Depending on the plea of the defendant, a trial may or may not take place.  Trials consist of procedures that the defendant should be aware of: opening statements, presentation of evidence, and closing arguments.

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Case Proceedings in Limited Jurisdiction Courts

Limited jurisdiction courts usually process criminal cases as follows:

Superior Court Case Process

In Superior Court, the major types of court cases are criminal and civil.  Trials in criminal and civil cases are generally conducted the same way.  After all the evidence has been presented and the judge has explained the law related to the case to a jury, the jurors decide the facts in the case and render a verdict.  If there is no jury, the judge makes a decision on the case.

Criminal Cases in the Court System

Criminal cases involve the commission of acts that are prohibited by law and are punishable by probation, fines, imprisonment, or even death. 

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