The $100,000 Question: Should Expedited Trials Be Mandatory or Voluntary?

The Task Force appointed by the Texas Supreme Court to recommend rules to promote “the prompt, efficient, and cost-effective resolution of civil actions” in response to H.B. 274 was unable to come to an agreement about whether the process should be mandatory for cases under $100,000 or merely voluntary. As a result, the Task Force submitted two separate sets of rules. 

The article (subscription required) discusses the process, its outcome, and next steps. The authors also discuss the mandatory/voluntary debate in a video here (subscription not required).