A criminal case results when a person is accused of committing a crime. Jurors must decide whether the person charged is guilty or not guilty. The accused (defendant) is presumed innocent, and the burden is on the State, represented by the City Prosecutor (or District or County Attorney), to prove the guilt of the accused beyond a reasonable doubt.
A civil case results from a disagreement or dispute between two or more parties (including family cases). In a civil case, you, as a juror, must answer questions or disputed facts based upon the testimony and evidence admitted by the judge. The answers to these questions are called the verdict. Municipal courts do not hear civil cases.