This bill would establish an alternative to full-length jury trials - the Expedited Jury Trials Act - which would be operative until January 1, 2016. The bill would establish 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. This bill would also provide that all parties waive all rights to appeal and to move for a directed verdict or to make any posttrial motions, except as provided. The bill would provide that the verdict in an expedited jury trial is binding, subject to any written high/low agreement, as defined. The bill would require the Judicial Council, on or before January 1, 2011, to adopt additional rules and uniform procedures.

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.

Enrolled and to the Governor on 09/03/10.