The Task Force on Management of Cases Involving Complex Litigation in Florida acknowledged a consensus among trial lawyers that complex cases tend to linger for years at the pretrial stage.
One of the solutions came from: "Lawyer Peter R. Siegel, a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Greenspoon Marder, said that state courts could adopt measures that are already employed in federal courts. Those methods include setting complex cases on a separate track, providing firm trial dates and pretrial deadlines and increasing the use of technology.
For instance, Siegel said, the federal judiciary's electronic filing system -- which allows pleadings to be filed and reviewed electronically -- can save time for all the parties involved in a complex case.
Scherer agreed with the need for state courts to embrace technology. "The whole world uses technology more than the judiciary," he said.