How Long Does It Take To Actually Get To Trial After A Lawsuit Has Been Filed in NC?

In most counties in North Carolina, where we practice, a lawyer who tries hard enough, can get their trial after a lawsuit within 1 year.

​Nobody likes to go to court.  At Brent Adams and Associates we try hard to settle our clients' cases without having to file suit and without having to go to trial.  However, sometimes it is necessary to file suit and actually try the case.

​When that happens, our client sometimes ask us how long does it actually take to get to trial.  

​All cases are different, and all jurisdictions are different.  In some counties it takes longer to actually try your case than in other counties.  

​You may have heard about congested trial dockets which result in a delay in going to trial for 2 to 3 years after filing suit.  

​Some of the uncertainty concerning how long it will take to actually complete a jury trial arises from the way cases are calendared in North Carolina.  

​When a case is set for trial on a particular week, it is always set on Monday of that week.  There may be 35 other cases also set for trial that same Monday.  Obviously, all 35 cases cannot be tried within that week.

​Most counties have only one judge to preside over that 1 week of trial.  However, some counties such as Wade County and Mecklenburg County have more than one judge.  Usually there are not more than three judges presiding over a civil calendar at any given week even in the largest counties in North Carolina.  Because your case will be set during the same week 35 other cases are also set, your chances of actually getting to trial would depend upon how many cases are settled or continued.  

​While it may seem that 35 cases are a lot of cases for the court to handle, a large number of such cases are settled or continued.  

​We still maintain that a lawyer who tries hard enough should get his or her case tried within 1 year from filing suit.