3. Settling Difference – parties urged to reach settlement to avoid the need for trial:

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     To avoid the expense and delay of having a trial, judges encourage the litigants to try to reach an agreement resolving their dispute.  The courts encourage the use of mediation, arbitration, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, designed to produce a resolution of a dispute without the need for trial or other court proceedings.  As a result, litigants often agree to a “settlement.”  Absent a settlement,  the court will schedule a trial.  In a wide variety of civil cases, either side is entitled under the Constitution to request a jury trial.  If the parties waive their right to a jury, then a judge without a jury will hear the case. [1]


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6

[2]: United States Courts, “Civil Cases”: http://www.uscourts.gov/about-federal-courts/types-cases/civil-cases


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