A trial, should your claim come to this, is a process whereby either a judge (if the jury is waived), or a jury of people from around the area in which the court is situated, decide your case. A trial can last from one day to many weeks or even months. It requires a substantial expenditure of time and money. Normally your appearance will be required or advisable at some of all of the trial. A person in the litigation claims process should consider this in making decisions along the way. There is a substantial amount of uncertainty in the trial process. It is very difficult if not impossible to say with certainty what a judge or a jury will do with a case. Where it may be highly likely that a particular fact or outcome will be decided one way or the other, juries and even judges often surprise parties in litigation.