The Bench: Lightning Strikes

MP900431819 In an attempt to unclog the logjam of pending cases, Los Angeles County has implemented an expedited-jury-trial option.  It came into being at the start of 2011.  The goal is to complete a trial – that encompasses relatively non-complex issues – in about a day.

That's the key.  The moment things get messy, it's not going to work.  But that's not the point, is it?  For a lot of cases, it will work, and anything that speeds up the wheels of justice – so long as equity is maintained – is a good thing.

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