The California legislature has approved a bill that will allow parties, if both sides agree, to have an expedited trial. Under the bill, if both parties agree, each side will have three hours to present their side of the case. The act provides for a number of other rules for the speedy trial.
The jury would be eight people or less. The sides would agree, before the trial, to a high-low damages agreement. The court would also not have a court reporter unless the parties agreed to pay for it. In part, the new bill was the result of the rising number of cases—last year civil filings rose by 11 percent.