Jury Trial Decline Wreaks Havoc On Profession, Judges Say

Law360, Berkeley, Calif. (April 15, 2019, 9:38 PM EDT) -- Federal judges are at a loss over how to stem the declining number of jury trials, a drop that is a blight on both the future of the legal profession and the mental health of lawyers, jurists told a California conference.

Arizona U.S. District Judge David Campbell said the decline in jury trials is the "single biggest loss" to the profession and that he has resorted to adopting creative policies to encourage more parties to resolve their disputes at trial. But he hasn't had much success, he told an audience of legal scholars, attorneys and judges at a judiciary reform symposium Friday....

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