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  • March 2011
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  • Mary K. Lenahan, J.D., Realtor

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New CA Law: Expedited Jury Trial: 8 Jurors; 3 hours Per Side to Present Case

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The California Expedited Jury Trial Act establishes procedures for expedited trials including a jury of 8 jurors or fewer and no alternates, a limit of 3 peremptory challenges for each side, and a limit of 3 hours for each side to present its case.

The parties in a civil action who agree to Expedited Jury Trial Act are subject the Act’s procedures, unless the parties agree otherwise, as permitted under C.C.P. section 630.03(e)(1)(E).

The Expedited Jury Trial Act provides that a vote of 6 of the 8 jurors is necessary for a verdict.   The verdict is binding.   The parties waive all rights to appeal subject to the verdict being adjusted pursuant to any high/low agreement.

The Act also provides that participants agree to waive any motions for directed verdicts, motions to set aside the verdict or any judgment rendered by the jury, or motions for a new trial on the basis of inadequate or excessive damages.

The court shall not set aside any verdict or any judgment, shall not direct that judgment be entered in favor of a party entitled to judgment as a matter of law, and shall not order a new trial, except on the grounds stated in Section 630.09.

Added by CA Code of Civil Procedure, Sections 630.01 through 630.12.

Assembly Bill 2284 


Mary K. Lenahan, JD, Realtor
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