Macomb County Authorized as Pilot Program County for Summary Jury Trials

On March 25, 2015, the Michigan Supreme Court entered an Administrative Order authorizing the pilot project of Summary Jury Trails in the Macomb County Circuit Court. Summary Jury Trials are voluntary, have been utilized throughout other parts of the country, and offer a new and innovative way to resolve noncomplex tort, no-fault and business cases. Summary Jury Trials, in their simplest terms, are one-day trials held before a six person jury, conducted by a special hearing officer stipulated to by the Parties. The jury selection process, proofs, and submission of evidence is simplified and time limits are placed on the parties to ensure that the trial is completed within one day. The intent of the program is to provide speedier trials to those cases that have narrow issues and/or for clients looking to avoid binding arbitration in favor of a less expensive jury trial option. If you would like to know more about this process, or are looking to appoint a member of our Firm as a Special Hearing Officer, please feel free to contact us for further discussion. Please click on the link below to review the Supreme Court Administrative Order.

Pilot Program County for Summary Jury Trials