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I am the defendant in an upcoming civil matter between me and

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I am the defendant in an upcoming civil matter between me and a private club. I must choose if I want a jury trial or not. My gut tells me to go with the jury trial. However, here are a couple of questions:

1) The pre-trial hearing is coming up soon and I don't want to get off on the wrong foot with the judge. On average, do judges care much if you choose a jury trial or not?

2) While my gut tells me jury trial I really have no basis for this being a good decision or not. What are the advantages and disadvantages for having a jury trial?

Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  loeblaw replied 7 years ago.
A judge would generally have no reason to feel slighted by a plaintiff opting to request a jury trial. Most of the time, absent extenuating circumstances, attorneys represent jury trials as a matter of course. If you are represented by counsel, the best person to ask if you have anything to fear is your attorney who likely is familiar with the judges in the court where your case is venued...but unless there is something unusual about your case there is no disadvantage in asking for a jury trial...certainly not in terms of fear that it will anger your assigned judge.

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