If the parties cannot reach an agreement, either by themselves or through mediation, the case will proceed to trial. The parties can elect to have a bench trial, where only a judge is present and decides all issues in the case, or a jury trial. If one of the parties elects to have a jury trial, a jury trial demand must be properly filed. The cost of a jury trial can be extremely high due to the length of the actual hearing and trial preparation. The decision to demand a jury trial should be made carefully, weighing the possible risks and rewards associated with allowing 12 independent people to decide your case. The parties remain free to settle the case at any point prior to a verdict being rendered by the jury or a final determination being made by the Judge.
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