Q: Once a lawsuit is filed. Defendant request jury trial. How long does it take from filing to go to trial?
A: The time to go to trial varies widely from court to court. Some judges are very effective at moving their trial calendars and others are not. After a lawsuit is filed, there is a 6 month discovery period. The court then deals with any motions for summary judgment. Presuming the case is not dismissed, it is then placed on a trial calendar. It then has to move its way up on the trial calendar. You can contact local attorneys or the calendar clerk to obtain a more accurate estimate of the time, but generally a case will not reach a trial calendar until at least a year after it is filed.
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