There are many different types of courts in the United States. The most common courts are the state, federal district, and federal circuit court of appeals also called the federal court of appeals. Most cases start in a state court, but they may be appealed to higher levels if necessary or required. The main component of a criminal court trial is the jury or people who decide if there is enough evidence to prove that someone has committed a crime and should go to prison. They then render a verdict regarding whether or not the person is innocent or guilty of the charged crime. The judge in the criminal court trial then makes a ruling based on either the jury’s verdict or if there was one; if there was no jury, then the ruling is based on a decision by the judge.