Jury Trials Are In Decline For Good Reason

Law360 (April 18, 2019, 5:23 PM EDT) -- A recent Law360 article reported the results of a conference in California where judges bemoaned the decline in jury trials. The argument that this is bad for society is wrong. The jury trial is an old innovation that has long been in decline because, as happens in many product life cycles, better products came along that were both cheaper and more effective.

Jury trials are a costly way of resolving disputes. They are especially costly to the jurors who must devote their time and attention to the resolution of what often are mere private disputes between parties who do not bear...

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