Summary Jury Trial

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After the court passes its order, summary jury trials are held. The trial is held in front of an impartial jury, which renders a decision. After hearing the judgement, the court asks the parties to settle their differences. It is binding form of ADR and only one that involves presentation of case before a jury.

The summary jury trial usually involves a summarized presentation of a civil case to an advisory jury to show the parties how a jury reacts to the evidence. The procedure is nonbinding. Summary jury trials, however, generally foster dispute settlement.

This ADR methods allows the parties to reach a settlement through the jury verdict, however the jury does not give advisory verdict hinting towards possible settlement. It is upon the parties to determine what kind of settlement can be reached from the verdict of summary jury trial. The jury trial helps the parties in cutting the trial time.