Texas Speedy Trial Rule Shafts Defendants, Groups Say

Law360, Houston (February 4, 2013, 4:35 PM EST) -- A national defense bar advocacy group on Thursday said a new procedural rule recently adopted by the Texas Supreme Court designed to streamline clogged court dockets will give an unfair advantage to plaintiffs by limiting defendants’ ability to present their cases.

In a letter to the high court, Defense Research Institute President Mary Massaron Ross argued that the “well-intentioned but flawed” Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 169 would speed up the trial process but give defendants less time to develop and argue counterclaims.

“[A]n expedited trial...
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