In Criminal Cases, What's the difference between cases that are People v. (whoever) and State v. (whoever)?

I see many cases that are People v. "smith" and many that are State v. "smith." What's the distinction between them?

4 Answers

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    There's no real distinction. It just depends on which state you're in. There may be some philosophical difference as to whether wrongdoers are being punished by the government or by their fellow citizens, but it ultimately comes down to the same thing.

    Source(s): Law school
  • 8 years ago

    The distinction is which State you are talking about. Some states use "The People v. x"; Other States use "The State v. x"; and still others use "The Commonwealth v. x"

  • 8 years ago

    Well i dont really know anything about Law and all that stuff, but im going to assume that maybe people vs "smith" signifies a select group of people going against "smith" , whereas state vs "smith" would signifie the governing body of a city, town, state, or country going against the "smith" party.

  • Mutt
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    Jurisdiction. Some states use "State v" and some use "People v".

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