SANTA ANA, Calif., Jan. 5, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hon. Thierry Colaw will preside over the first seminar showcasing a new trial system, an expedited civil jury trial, by the Orange County Chapter of ABOTA, in a 200-seat courtroom in a case tried by Eric Traut of the Traut Firm, at the Orange County Superior Court, 700 Civic Center Drive West, Dept. 1, in Santa Ana on January 30, 2015, from 8am to 5pm and will offer seven FREE hours of continuing education credits for attorneys. This will be an unprecedented event that is occurring due to the blessing of the presiding judge and the parties involved in the case.

Showcasing a new trial system that serves the smaller, less-complex cases in California in a more timely and efficient manner, this FREE seminar is a chance for those interested in the proceedings to observe a real trial, and it is the first Expedited Jury Trial conducted at seminar since inception of the program in 2011.

A leader in the use of Expedited Jury Trials, Traut has tried four Expedited Jury Trials, including the first two in Riverside County. He is Past President of OC-ABOTA, the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, and has tried nearly 100 civil jury trials in his 24-year career.

Says Eric Traut, "Justice only works if the time, space and economic resources are available for court proceedings. The Expedited Jury Trial is a great way to offer access to the justice system for those who need it. In addition to being an excellent seminar for new lawyers, it is my hope that insurance representatives involved in making the decision to agree to such a trial format will attend to see the process first-hand."

The Expedited Jury Trial Seminar is free to the first 200 registered attendees at OCABOTA.ORG. 7.0 CLE hours are available for registered attendees.

ABOUT ERIC V. TRAUT: Eric Traut distinguished himself early as one of the top trial attorneys in Southern California when he was recognized as the youngest winner of the prestigious Trial Lawyer of the Year award in the history of the Orange County Trial Lawyer Association. Eric has handled high-profile cases that have resulted in appearances on Good Morning America, Fox News, Court T.V., and ABC's "Primetime." Eric is rated AV Preeminent, the highest possible rank under Martindale Hubbell's peer rating system, and is among fewer than 100 California attorneys certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a civil trial specialist.

ABOUT TRAUT FIRM: Partners of Traut Firm have litigated cases for a combined 58 years, serving as plaintiff's attorneys primarily in areas of personal injury, legal malpractice, vehicle accidents and workplace accidents.

ABOUT EXPEDITED JURY TRIALS: An Expedited Jury Trial is a short jury trial, generally lasting one day. It is quicker and less expensive than a traditional jury trial.

ABOUT OC-ABOTA: The Orange County Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates is dedicated to the constitutional vision of equal justice for all Americans and preserving the civil justice system.