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Hon. Judith McMahon looking forward to her new court challenges.

posted Jan 9, 2012, 3:43 AM by Pete Weinman   [ updated May 13, 2015, 12:44 PM by Lou Bara ]
Resolving legal cases is often time-consuming and expensive, so Staten Island's new top judge plans to speed up and cost-cut the process. 

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. 

SUMMARY TRIALS

 
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. 

For the complete article, visit the SI Advance  http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/01/justice_judy_looking_forward_t.html 

Published: Monday, January 09, 2012, 6:24 AM     Updated: Monday, January 09, 2012, 6:29 AM

Frank Donnelly By Frank Donnelly 

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