Why Waive the Jury?
Jury waivers are usually sought by corporate entities who perceive that jurors tend to be biased against them, or because of the potential savings in money (less spent on attorney fees), and time (bench trials are much faster), and because of concerns that a jury would not grasp the technical nature of the dispute. These provisions are usually enforceable in NDA agreements (though not in all agreements) and they must be entered into "knowingly and voluntarily." All that said, another reason to waive the jury trial is so that the Dear Rich Staff will not have to make so many appearances in the Jury Assembly Room at 850 Bryant Street in San Francisco which is where we are right now. (Yes, the Dear Rich Staff is blogging live from S.F. Jury Duty -- is this the only city where citizens review jury duty like it was a movie? -- and we sure wish the guy next to us would stop trying to brush the potato chip crumbs in our lap -- oh good, he's done!). And oh yeah, our three favorite jury movies: