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In a jury trial, the decision of guilt or innocence is decided by either 6 or 12 citizens who listen to the evidence and make the decision.
In a court trial, there is no jury present. The judge listens to the evidence and makes the decision.
The judge determines whether or not you qualify for a public defender. You will be required to complete a form. Additionally, the judge may also ask you questions regarding your eligibility for a public defender. There are certain criteria you must meet to be eligible for a public defender. If you qualify, you will know before your case proceeds.