Legal-Ease: Judge or jury?

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney with Schroeder Law LLC in Ottawa. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at (419) 523-5523. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

Depending on the charges being argued, court cases are either determined in front of a judge or a jury. While people accused of crimes against society are nearly always entitled to a jury trial, not all decisions are made by juries – judges have a lot of leeway in determining what evidence can be admitted, the interpretation of written documents, and other important decisions.

Legal drama television programs show attorneys sometimes arguing in front of juries and other times before judges. In our justice systems, certain decisions are made by judges, and other decisions are made by juries.

In very general and simplest terms, judges decide the law, and juries decide the facts.

Read Lee’s full article in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: Judge or jury?

Source:, Legal-Ease: Judge or jury? by Lee R. Schroeder, May 2, 2015

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