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In Florida in 2007 Small Claims Courts had 210,308 cases and of those only 82 were disposed by jury trial. Is that crazy or what? Guess it is safe to request a Jury Trial in Florida at the Pre-Trial Conference!

http://www.flsenate.gov/data/Publications/2009/Senate/reports/interim_reports/pdf/2009-121ju.pdf

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Hardly, anything gets to a jury anymore.

I had nearly 2000 civil cases in my county last year and only 4 got to a jury. They were all dueling insurance companies, mostly auto accidents.

Getting your lawsuit, as a defendant, to a jury is a myth. It does not happen without big time legal representation.

At 85 cases in FL, that is about 1 civil small claims jury trial per county per year!

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What if you get it? Would you rather face a jury, or a judge. It depends on who does the better job framing the issue. If the opposing atty can sucessfully paint you as a deadbeat, you may lose even if the law is on your side.

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Or ... you could paint them as a money whoring business that paid .10 cents on the dollar for a bad debt and are using the court system to make a profit! I would imagine if you had good discovery and got to question a few people you could turn one or two jurors. Everyone these days has an axe to grind with banks, credit cards and the financial system. Remember, they don’t do trials either (82 out of 210,000) that equals 0.038%.

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Duval County has had 1 jury trial per year in County Court for some time. Everytime I had one set for jury trial the other side called and paid my client the day before trial.

In Circuit Court the numbers are also low. Think 30-60 per year.

Wow ... That is crazy! I would guess the stakes might be too high for the JDB to risk on a jury that most likely would side against them. I think if I was in a jury box I could not help someone profit off another persons misfortunes.

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