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This bulletin discusses 1995 non-criminal legislation of interest to magistrates. Several important bills substantive law affecting small claims litigation--for example, two bills made major changes in summary ejectment proceedings.
John Conley, professor of law, and colleagues studied small claims trials to find out what litigants want from the law. They found that lay people are oriented toward their social networks and respond to social obligations, rather than legal rules. What litigants wanted most from the courtroom was the chance to tell their story.