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NCJ Number: NCJ 173426     Find in a Library
Title: Civil Trial Cases and Verdicts in Large Counties, 1996
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Author(s): Carol J. DeFrances Ph.D ; Marika F. X. Litras Ph.D
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 25
  Annotation: This document reports some of the findings from a 1996 study of civil trials involving tort, contract, and real property cases in State courts in the Nation’s 75 largest counties.
Abstract: In those jurisdictions during the study period more than 15,000 tort, contract, and real property cases were disposed of by trial verdict; about 70 percent were decided by a jury. Individuals were plaintiffs in 82 percent of all trial cases disposed of during 1996. Individuals sued businesses in 37 percent of all trial cases and other individuals in an additional 34 percent. Overall, plaintiffs won in 52 percent of trial cases. An estimated $3 billion in compensatory and punitive damages was awarded to plaintiff winners in trial cases. About 70 percent of bench cases and 56 percent of jury cases were disposed of in less than 2 years. The median processing time from filing to final verdict or judgment was 22.1 months for jury cases and 17.8 months for bench cases. Notes, tables, figures, appendixes
Main Term(s): Statistics
Index Term(s): State courts ; Jurisprudence ; Judicial process ; Torts ; Data collection ; Civil proceedings ; Lawsuits ; Court studies ; Civil litigation
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Type: Statistics
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: BJS Bulletin, September 1999
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