Jack B. Hamlin of National University says with the state judicial system under continuing pressures and budget constraints, only a small percentage of business litigation ever makes it to trial. Judges frequently steer parties toward mediation, he said.

Jack B. Hamlin of National University says with the state judicial system under continuing pressures and budget constraints, only a small percentage of business litigation ever makes it to trial. Judges frequently steer parties toward mediation, he said. Photo by Melissa Jacobs.

With budget cuts straining the state judicial system, judges frequently steer disputes between businesses toward mediation in attempts to find resolutions outside the courtroom...

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