Achieving Access: Short, Summary, and Expedited Trial Programs

One result of the cost and delay in our civil justice system is that some cases are not filed or brought to trial due to the costs of pursuing them. This is particularly true for smaller dollar value cases, where the process and the costs are not proportional to the needs of the case.

One way jurisdictions have responded to this problem is through implementation of short, summary, and expedited civil action programs. They generally involve a simplified pretrial process and a shortened, expedited trial. These programs are growing in popularity around the country as jurisdictions strive to meet the needs of these cases. 

Through the Rule One Initiative, IAALS is contributing to the national conversation, making recommendations, and monitoring and supporting the growing number of programs around the country.