Early Legal Assessment - Orange Superior Court

Civil icon Project Name: Early Legal Assessment
Court: Orange Superior Court
   Documents: Process
   Links: Program Guidelines

Overview/Program Description:

To eliminate lengthy mediation and trials, early in the litigation process attorneys present short briefs and arguments to a retired judge or appellate justice about "a pivotal legal issue" in their case. The process is designed to serve as a candid and confidential assessment early in the litigation when the parties differ substantially on legal issues, and it can be useful in educating clients and carriers as to the realities of the litigation and in doing so remove barriers to discussion about the monetary value of the case.

Program Benefits/Savings:

In some cases, the neutral's analysis could foreshadow the ultimate winner and loser and thus allow the parties to avoid costly discovery and summary judgment motions.