In a short trial, time is of the essence: one day, three hours for each side. It’s a tight schedule that must be followed; that’s why timers are needed. Time was set aside in a recent civil judges meeting to show appreciation for time-clocks donated by the ADR Section of the Nevada State Bar for the Short Trial Program. Attorney Pat Chapin, chairman of the ADR section of the State Bar, said a few words at the request of Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez. The timers are used to keep attorneys within their allotted time, to keep the short trials short.
The short trial program has a successful track-record of resolving cases. In 2015, 496 cases resolved with 76 of those cases going to short trial. If parties are looking for a fast-track resolution that falls within a $50,000 per plaintiff cap, and they feel it appropriate, they can stipulate to enter their case in short trial program at any time or request that their judge hear the case as a short trial. Short trials have a four-juror panel (the parties can stipulate to more than 4 jurors).
Short Trial rules can be found on the court website http://www.clarkcountycourts.us/ejdc/courts-and-judges/adr/adr.html . Other information can be obtained by calling the Alternative Dispute Resolution office at 702-671-4493.