Summary Jury Trials: Becoming Part of the Civil Practice Fabric


Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Hon. David B. Cohen, chair, NYCLA's Civil Practice Section; Hon. Lucindo Suarez, statewide coordinator for Summary Jury Trials


14 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10007
United States


member $75 nonmember $125


6:30-8:45 pm

CLE Credits:

2.5 hrs



On Wednesday, January 11, at the Home of Law, 14 Vesey Street in Lower Manhattan,

the New York County Lawyers Association will probe the effect of Summary Jury Trials Becoming a part of the Civil Practice Fabric. The course begins at 6:30 and ends at 8:45 p.m.

Hon. Lucindo Suarez, statewide coordinator for Summary Jury Trials, will discuss the benefits of the one-day jury trial that combines the flexibility and cost effectiveness of arbitration with the structure of a conventional trial. Summary Jury Trials (SJT) can be either binding or non-binding, and parties have used the verdicts in non-binding cases as a settlement guide to predict how an actual jury would determine damages or resolve a contested issue. The arbitration-like format allows the parties to try cases and resolve issues without having to expend countless dollars on medial experts and other witnesses.

Some of the topics to be discussed include conducting summary jury trial; benefits of a summary jury trial; cases suitable for summary jury trials; the rules and procedures of SJTs; the courts’ experience with summary jury trials; and the goal of the Office of Court Administration to have a summary jury trial program in each judicial district within one year.

Participants will learn about this new dispute resolution technique and save clients time and money – while still affording them their day in court.

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