An attorney, learning as much as possible about the judge and her or his tendencies in ruling in the court has always been seen as a part of effective litigation preparation.
In the past, this type of legal research was time-consuming, often frustrating and left more questions than answers for many judges. In addition, without significant data, assumptions could easily be made on a small number of decisions and rules that were not an accurate representation of the typical ruling for the judge.
Today, the use of algorithms and analytic software programs can be used to develop a very clear picture of the trends and tendencies of any judge in California. These litigation analytics are provided by specialized companies with a propriety software program to not only analyze data but to also capture relevant data from multiple sources.
The Benefits of Analytics
California law firms and trial lawyers using litigation analytics position themselves to have the Picture of the judge that is current and relevant to their specific case. With multiple types of reports and filters to sort the data, it is possible to find out details about the progress of a case through the court, including time to trial and case length.
Information on the judge is also available through the top litigation analytics reports, including information on motions for summary judgment, demurrers to a complaint, motions to compel discovery and information about the numbers and types of cases the judge has heard over her or his career. Motion analytics, comparing the judge to other county judges and even a fully searchable ruling database makes these reports extremely helpful for trial lawyers.
When looking into ordering reports from any judicial analytics provider, compare the reports and information provided. There is a difference between the comprehensive nature of what various services are offered.