Practice Areas

Civil Trials

Civil trials include most all trials except criminal prosecutions. A civil trial can be tried before a jury, or before a judge. A case decided by a judge is often called a bench trial, or nonjury trial. Usually, a plaintiff or defendant can choose whether to have a jury or nonjury trial. However, some civil cases can only be tried before a judge, either because of limitations that the law imposes on a right to jury trial, or because of a contractual provision waiving jury trial that the parties have signed.

Most cases settle before trial. However, a certain percentage of cases require resolution by a jury or the judge. Before a case is tried, there is discovery conducted in the form of interrogatories, requests to produce documents, and depositions, so the parties know the facts before entering the courtroom to try the case. The trials themselves, especially jury trials, are formal proceedings that require knowledge of the law. Trials also involve the application of the rules of evidence. These rules have been developed over time to ensure, as much as possible, that the evidence admitted, whether testimony or documentation, is relevant and properly authenticated.

Trials can be expensive, stressful, and often times the results are unpredictable. However, trials, especially the right to trial by jury, continue to be one of the important foundations of our free society. Scott, Harris has experienced civil trial lawyers who have tried many cases both jury and nonjury, in state and federal courts. Please contact us if you require our assistance. 

South Florida Civil Trial Lawyers serving Palm Beach County:

North Palm Beach County

  • Jupiter
  • North Palm Beach
  • Palm Beach Gardens

Central Palm Beach County

  • Hypoluxo
  • Lake Worth
  • Lantana
  • Royal Palm Beach
  • West Palm Beach

South Palm Beach County

  • Boca Raton
  • Deerfield Beach
  • Delray Beach

Civil Trials Law Attorney

John L. Bryan, Jr.,
Civil Trials Law Attorney

John M. Jorgensen,
Civil Trials Law Attorney

S. Brian Bull,
Civil Trials Law Attorney