The second factor influencing how long cases require is whether the case involves litigation in which a lawsuit is filed. In most jurisdictions, even routine auto accident claims require a minimum of six to nine months in order to complete the required discovery process and get the case to a mediation conference. The vast majority of lawsuits in Florida do settle at a mediation conference or shortly thereafter. If the case does not settle at mediation and must be scheduled for trial, it may easily take an additional six months or longer, depending on how long is required to get on the signed judge's trial docket. More complicated cases do require more time, especially when multiple defendants have been sued and are represented by separate lawyers.