In the courtroom presentations of a story or of the facts are circumvented by constraints of time, constitutional and other limitations on evidence, and considerations of confidentiality, yet as a consequence of the decision, people may gain or lose a fortune, they may lose custody of children, or they may be sent to prison or even be sentenced to death. In the view of many, the legal system is a "lottery," so actually it is the reputation of the legal system—more than psychiatry—that is on trial. To be sure, people in the United States have lost confidence in the way trials are conducted—they are costly, they are time-consuming, and the outcomes are incongruous. Trials have appeal only as television entertainment. Increasingly, cases are settled, mediated, or arbitrated. Trials have become a rarity.