Justice Judith N. McMahon said she'll personally conference all civil cases in state Supreme Court that are headed to jury selection. Those final talks between the opposing parties could help reach a settlement and eliminate the need for a costly trial, she believes.
In cases that can't be settled, judges will see if the parties are amenable to a "summary trial." In such trials, jurors are given medical records to review themselves, obviating the need for expert -- and, typically, expensive -- medical testimony.
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