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Franklin District/Family Courthouse

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Civil filings in the Criminal Division include civil suspension of one's license to drive, fish and wildlife violations and appeals of traffic ticket and municipal ordinance violation decisions.

Most defendants represent themselves in court proceedings. The state is the plaintiff in civil suspension and fish and wildlife violations; in these cases, the plaintiff is represented by the state's attorney.

While litigants have the option of a jury trial, many choose to have their cases decided by a judge. In civil trials, judgment is based on the preponderance of evidence. For example, in a civil suspension case, if the evidence presented by the state to prove that the defendant was intoxicated was more convincing than the evidence given by the defendant that s/he was not drunk then the judge will decide in favor of the state and the defendant will lose her/his license to drive.

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