We have continued the COVID safety measures put in place during the Pandemic.
Everyone entering the building must:
Plexiglass shields have been installed in each courtroom and in the Clerk’s Office.
Air filters are provided in select areas around the building.
Unlike civil cases where people can bring each other to court to resolve their disputes, criminal cases are brought to the court by the state.
The state is represented in criminal trials by a prosecutor, or a team of prosecutors. Prosecutors are lawyers whose job it is to prove that someone is guilty of committing a crime.
The accused’s lawyer is often called the defense. The defense’s job is to represent the accused and present his or her side of the story.
In a criminal case every defendant is presumed to be innocent until the prosecutor proves that he or she is guilty. This means the prosecutor has the burden of proof. The prosecutor must prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If the prosecutor cannot prove the accused is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, the accused will be found not guilty.
No matter the charge, most trials proceed the same way: