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Protracted Civil Trials: Views from the Bench and the Bar

Alan J. Chaset, Allan E. Lind, Gordon Bermant, Joe S. Cecil, Patricia A. Lombard
January 1, 1981

A report on the nature and management of long, complex civil trials, based on interviews with sixty-eight experienced judges and lawyers. The report highlights facts and opinions about the role of juries in protracted trials. It also demonstrates that there are complicated trade-offs to be considered in weighing the relative advantages of bench trials and jury trials for protracted cases.