Cal. Litig. 2014, Volume 27, Number 1

Can We Shorten This Trial?

By Judge Michael Mattice

Judge Michael Mattice

Im in the third week of a one-week trial!" How many laments have we heard about excessively long trials from frustrated judges or lawyers? Think of this problem as a relic of the past, because courts and the public can’t afford to let it happen today. It consumes excessive court resources and it impedes access to the courts for other litigants.

The California Judicial Branch’s current economic stress compels us to study our entire operation from the point of view of efficiency. What can we do to timely complete cases — and trials — to conserve meager resources, all without compromising the quality and fairness of adjudication?

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