The vast majority of lawsuits resolve, by settlement or dismissal, before reaching trial. In some counties in California (Marin, for example), only 2 percent of all suits filed go to trial. Most counties in California resolve more than 90 percent of all civil suits prior to trial.
The preferred method of resolving legal disputes in California is by settlement. This is the “public policy” of our state. Settlement is usually less expensive for all concerned, less stressful and far less risky than going to trial.
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Basil Plastiras is an attorney, expert witness, mediator and real estate broker. He is the founding partner of Plastiras & Terrizzi in San Rafael, a general civil litigation law firm. He can be reached at (415) 472-8100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.