As the national debate continues over "tort reform," states are considering the creation of medical malpractice courts to streamline litigation. The courts would likely eliminate juries and allow a judge with medical expertise to decide cases, possibly with the help of court-appointed experts. Proponents say medical malpractice courts could be more effective and cost-efficient, but opponents say the plan would take away the constitutional right of a trial by jury.
States Weigh Med-Mal Courts
The National Law Journal
December 16, 2004
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