John McDonough, vice chair of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation department, discusses the vanishing jury trial in The Defense Association of New York's publication, Defendant. Over the past several decades, the legal world as we know it has vastly changed in almost every regard. The number of lawyers practicing in the United States has almost tripled since 1960, the total amount spent on litigation and the cost per case has inflated, the number of new case openings has increased, and more authoritative legal materials are available and readily accessible now than ever before, all while the practice of law continues to gain prominence in the public eye. However, despite these changes, recent years have also borne witness to a sharp decline in the number of jury trials that come before our courts on both the state and federal levels.
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