If you are filing a lawsuit, you may be asked by your attorney whether you want a court or jury trial. You should know the differences and which is most likely better for your case.
A court trial is presented to and decided by the judge, whereas a jury trial incorporates a jury for the decision of the case. In a court trial, the judge either already knows the law or should know the law, and this typically translates to less preparation being required going into the trial. Disputes that are more based on context than emotion, such as a breach of contract, tend to be well suited for a court trial.
In contrast, jury trials often take more preparation and can last longer. Jurors must be given instructions on the law. They also must listen to the information being presented and then deliberate to reach a decision. Jury trials are usually better suited for consumer or individual cases, which often may include an emotional or personal component. Jury trials can lead to great results when the facts are in your favor in these types of cases.
There are strengths and weaknesses for each type of trial, depending and your type of case and the facts involved, so you should consult with your attorney regarding which choice would be best for you. Watch the video to learn more.
If you have additional questions about your injury case or the differences between court and jury trials, I want you to call me at (559) 702-5124. I welcome your call. Visit our educational website at www.NunesLaw.com for more videos and media content from our law firm.