Susman Head Calls For Changes To Civil Jury Trials

Law360, Dallas (January 17, 2014, 8:52 PM EST) -- For civil jury trials to survive and rebound from historical lows, lawyers need to be prepared to try shorter cases, consider larger jury panels and simplify jury instructions that can be “incomprehensible," Susman Godfrey LLP founder Steve Susman told Dallas lawyers Friday.

Susman, speaking at an American Constitution Society event, also said judges need to be more involved in advancing cases and that they should be more readily available to decide discovery disputes quickly, instead of sitting on motions. He says changes to current trial practice...
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