Before you decide if a Jury or a Judge is better for you, let’s break down what each trial would look like.
In short, a bench trial is one in which a judge determines the outcome of the case. In Texas, civil trials are bench trials by default. Characteristics of a bench trial include:
If your answer is ‘no’ to any of the following questions, a bench trial is likely the better option:
In a jury trial, the right to decide select issues falls to a panel of individuals instead of the judge. The characteristics of a jury trial may include:
If your answer is ‘yes’ to any of the following questions, consider asking an experienced family law attorney whether a jury trial is right for you:
Now that you have an idea of what trial would best for you, it’s time to consult with an experienced lawyer who will be able to provide more details on what may occur during the trial. For more Texas Court Resources, check out our blog.
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