A bill that provides for expedited, streamlined jury trials in California has cruised out of the state Legislature with a unanimous vote. Insurers and both the plaintiff and defense bars are enthusiastic about the system, which proponents say would not only cut litigation costs for plaintiffs, defendants and insurance carriers, but also help to ease the burden on courts. Civil filings continued a statewide upward trend last year, rising 11 percent to 1.27 million, according to a report released this week.
Calif. Legislature OKs Expedited Jury Trials
August 25, 2010