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Appeals/Post-Trial Matters Litigation Strategy Pretrial Matters

When the Judge Won’t Budge

164569828You’ve tried to disqualify the judge in your case, but the judge won’t budge. What do you do? In California, you file a writ petition.

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Civil Litigation Legal Topics Litigation Strategy

Jury Trials Move to the Fast Lane

Beginning on January 1, 2011, California jury trials may pick up speed. The Expedited Jury Trials Act (Cal Rules of Ct 3.1545-3.1552) provides an option for parties to have their cases be heard on a certain date, before a judge and an eight-person jury. Under the Act, voir dire will be much quicker, with each party having only three peremptory challenges. Each side will then have only three hours to put on its case—including opening and closing arguments. Verdicts, which need only be reached by six members of the jury, are binding unless the litigants discover evidence of fraud or misconduct.