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2016 California Rules of Court

Rule 3.1550. Time limits

Excluding jury selection, each side will be allowed three hours to present its case, including opening statements and closing arguments, unless the court, upon a finding of good cause, allows additional time. The amount of time allotted for each side includes the time that the side spends on cross-examination. The parties are encouraged to streamline the trial process by limiting the number of live witnesses. The goal is to complete an expedited jury trial within one full trial day.

Rule 3.1550 adopted effective January 1, 2011.

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