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What kind of case is it?

There are two types of cases heard by a jury in the Oregon Municipal Court:

Civil

A civil case will involve two or more parties who have a dispute concerning money or property. The party suing is called the "plaintiff" and the party being sued is called the "defendant." A municipal court is limited to $15,000 for a lawsuit. A verdict in a civil case requires that three-fourths of the jury agree. A total of eight (8) jurors are seated and one (1) alternate juror. Therefore, in a civil matter, six (6) of the jurors must reach a verdict.

Criminal

A criminal case will involve a person charged with a crime who is called the defendant. The plaintiff in a criminal case is known as the State of Ohio. Cases heard are misdemeanors. In a criminal case, all eight (8) jurors must agree upon the same verdict.