Expedite The Discovery Process
Discovery is critical but time-consuming. Many courts are severely overburdened with motions, resulting in long delays between the filing date and a decision on the motion. Every new motion extends the timeline even further.
A discovery referee can streamline the litigation process by handling discovery in a parallel out-of-court proceeding. Jason Turner has more than 20 years of litigation experience and has been involved with hundreds of motion hearings. As a neutral referee, he carefully reads the documents submitted by the parties to ensure that he has a genuine understanding of the issues and forwards his recommendation to the court.
Mr. Turner invites litigants or their counsel to explore engaging the Law Office of Jason E. Turner, APC, for fair and efficient disposition of discovery motions. Based in Irvine, the firm provides litigator and neutral services throughout Orange County and beyond.
What Is A Special Master/Discovery Referee?
Discovery referees provide an indispensable service to parties and their counsel in multiparty litigation and cases involving contentious discovery disputes. The referee serves as a neutral party to aid in the efficient progression of the case and resolve pretrial disputes in an unbiased manner.
Additionally, with a perpetual stream of motions being submitted, it may not be possible for the courts to provide the amount of time the parties may desire for the relevant facts and pertinent legal authority to be fully evaluated before a decision is rendered. A skilled discovery referee can spend the appropriate time needed to review the parties’ briefs and get it right the first time.
Jason Turner also serves as a judicial reference referee, in which he not only analyzes discovery documents but is empowered to rule on discovery motions and the overarching dispute.
Considerations When Exploring A Discovery Referee
Usually, the referee will recommend a solution to the court, which the judge can evaluate, and then determine whether to adopt the referee’s recommendation, resulting in a final ruling. The parties have the choice to provide the referee as much authority as desired, including reaching an agreement to have the referee’s determinations be immediately binding for quicker case progression. The parties can also elect whether they desire to have the referee fees be divided based upon a predetermined allocation, be allocated by the judge, or be allocated to the party or parties against whom a motion was brought.
Before agreeing to a discovery referee, it is important to consider whether your neutral fully understands the issues in dispute, is personable, unbiased, and has a keen legal acumen. It is also important to select a neutral knowing that they are capable of managing disputes without injecting themselves into case activities that do not require their participation. Jason Turner has 20 years of diverse experience in business and civil litigation, with a special focus in construction law and litigation.
Discovery referee fees are allocated in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the case management order, pretrial order, or agreement of counsel. Please contact the Law Office of Jason E. Turner, APC, for the current fee schedule.