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.