Plaintiff William Doyle, dba Collection Network’s Motion to Bifurcate Trial, and Motion for Trial Preference, are denied.

Legal Standard


Upon a properly noticed motion of a party made no later than the close of pretrial conference, or in other cases, no later than 30 days before the trial date, a court may bifurcate a trial into separate issues when the convenience of witnesses, the ends of justice, or the economy and efficiency of handling the litigation would be promoted thereby. (See Code Civ. Proc., § 598.) The court, in furtherance of convenience or to avoid prejudice, or when separate trials will be conducive to expedition and economy, may order a separate trial of any cause of action, or of any separate issue of any number of causes of action, preserving the right of trial by jury as required by the Constitution or a statute of this state or of the United States. (See Code Civ. Proc., § 1048, subd. (b).) <........