A mini-trial is a short version of a trial in which each side presents an abbreviated version of its case before a judge or a mediator for the purpose of settlement.

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Mini-trials are voluntary and subject to the consent of all the parties. Generally an advisory opinion, which is not binding, is made and the parties may then enter into a settlement. If the parties fail to agree on a settlement, they may proceed to some other method of resolving the issue, such as a normal trial.