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Clark County Short Trial Program

Effective July, 2000, a court-administered Short Trial Program (STP) was adopted to resolve disputes through means other than traditional trials. The program provides an alternative to civil actions that would otherwise enter the mandatory court annexed arbitration program, that is, cases that have a probable jury award value not in excess of forty thousand dollars ($40,000) per plaintiff.

The STP is a form of alternative dispute resolution which is designed to get cases to trial on a fast track (6 months or less), essentially costs taxpayers nothing, and utilizes courtrooms that may not already be in use, while at the same time providing parties a full and fair trial before a judge and/or jury to give them their "day in court". Cases enter the program only by way of agreement from both sides, the results are essentially binding on the parties, and the trial must be completed in one day or less. The parties are limited in the amount of time to present their case and the trial is presided over by a judge pro tempore selected from a qualified court panel list.

Each side is allowed only three (3) hours to present their case including opening and closing statements, presentation of evidence, and examination and cross-examination of witnesses. The trial is presided over by a judge pro tempore selected from a qualified court panel list; the judge pro tempore carefully monitors the time allotted each side.

Short jury trials are heard by only four jurors; a decision of at least three is necessary to render a verdict. A judgment arising out of the program may not exceed $40,000 per plaintiff (excluding attorneys fees, costs and interest), but for cases brought into the STP that bypass mandatory arbitration altogether, the parties may agree to a different ceiling of recovery.

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Clark County online article.

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