Civil Short Trial


Questions about Civil Short Trial

Yes, a Short Trial is a binding, one-day jury trial.

An Attorney who has been appointed by the Arizona Supreme Court and given the authority to act as a Judge Pro Tempore.

Unless there is an issue of fraud, there is no right to appeal.

Ten potential jurors are sent to the Courtroom and four jurors are selected to hear the case.

Each party has two hours to present its case. The presentation included an opening statement (10 minutes) presentation of evidence, direct examination of witnesses and closing arguments (10 minutes). Stipulations to documentary evidence and pretrial motions are strongly encouraged and live testimony is discouraged. Witnesses can be used by deposition or affidavit.

A telephonic conference should be held at least three days prior to the Short Trial to identify potential problems and clarify procedural concerns.

Cases with fairly uncomplicated issues.

The Judge Pro Tempore and the attorneys using the RAJI Preliminary and Standard instructions.

Yes. Each party is allowed five minutes for follow-up questions.

Attorneys and judge pro tempore should meet by 8:30 AM to resolve any evidentiary problems or any other disputes between counsel. Ten jurors are escorted to the courtroom between 9:00 AM and 9:15 AM The specific courtroom will be assigned.

Only a bailiff is available for Short Trial.

Seven days prior to the Short Trial. The Memo should contain a brief statement of the nature of claim and defense, a complete list of witnesses and a description of the substance of the testimony of each witness and finally, a list of exhibits.

Yes. Eight combined notebooks should include facts, photographs, diagrams and other evidence. Four notebooks are for the jury, one for the Judge Pro Tempore, one for the witness, and one for each attorney.

Emelda Dailey
ADR Program Coordinator
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