AB 2284 Evans

This bill establishes an alternative to full-length jury trials - the Expedited Jury Trials Act - which would be operative until January 1, 2016. The bill establishes procedures for conducting expedited jury trials in civil cases where the parties sign a consent order to stipulate that those procedures apply, including provisions for a jury of 8 or fewer members, with no alternates, a limit of 3 peremptory challenges for each side, and a limit of 3 hours for each side to present its case. In addition, the parties generally waive all rights to appeal and to move for a directed verdict or to make any post-trial motions. The verdict in an expedited jury trial is binding, subject to any written “high/low agreement.” The Judicial Council, on or before January 1, 2011, must adopt additional rules and uniform procedures for these expedited jury trials. This Act is based on the Charleston, South Carolina summary jury trial program.

Adds and repeals Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 630.01) of Title 8 of Part 2 of the Code of Civil Procedure.

Approved by the Governor and Chaptered by the Secretary of State on 9/30/2010. Chapter 674 of the Statutes of 2010.