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Bill that Speeds Up Court Proceedings Clears the Legislature



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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Democratic Assembly member Noreen Evans authored the bill, which would apply to civil cases like injury trials, contract disagreements, and labor disputes. She says never-ending trials are a waste of time and money.
 
“Civil cases can eat up enormous amounts of judicial resources because of the length of time, the number of parties involved, the jurors that have to be selected and that sort of thing.”
 
That’s why she’s proposed a bill that would speed up the process. If both parties agree, it would allow such cases to be resolved in months instead of years. Juries would be cut down to six or eight people, and each side would only have three hours to present its case.
 
Several groups have come out in support of the bill, including the California Defense Counsel and the American Insurance Association.
 
Evans says she expects the governor to sign the bill, which would go into effect at the beginning of next year.
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