UNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TO YOUR CLIENT THAT YOU HAVE A BENCH TRIAL RATHER THAN A JURY TRIAL?

by Margaret Strickland

If you have a case that has a very technical legal defense, sometimes judges can be more favorable to you than a jury. Maybe it’s a case where what you did looks bad. A jury is not going to be happy about it, but you have a legal loophole or something like that; judges are more likely to go for that than a jury would be.