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In November of last year, the Texas Supreme Court issued a series of mandatory new rules creating a new way of handling claims for less than $100,000.00. Under those rules, those claims will be handled in an “expedited” process aimed at getting them to trial more quickly and with fewer pre-trial procedural disputes in front of the judge.
In addition to quicker trial settings, the new rules greatly restrict the tools attorneys for each side have to obtain documents from the other side and to find out what the other side’s contentions are. The rules also waive the mediation requirement for expedited claims, ensuring that, in the future, more cases that are filed will get to trial.
The full effect of this new method of handling claims will not be known for months or years, but one thing seems fairly clear: how your attorney handles themselves in the courtroom just became more important. Because the odds of you having to actually try your claim in front of a jury have increased, your attorney’s trial savvy should be a factor you consider carefully at the outset of your claim. Some attorneys spend their entire careers without having to try a case.
The personal injury attorneys at Zinda Law Group have all received hands-on training in trial strategy and are comfortable trying cases in front of juries. The prospect of explaining one of our claims to a jury excites and motivates us. If you have questions about a claim or how it might be affected by the new Supreme Court rules, one of our attorneys would be happy to speak with you.