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NCJ Number: NCJ 179769     Find in a Library
Title: Tort Trials and Verdicts in Large Counties, 1996
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Author(s): Marika F. X. Litras ; Sidra Lea Gifford ; Carol J. DeFrances ; David B. Rottman ; Neil LaFountain ; Brian J. Ostrom
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 08/2000
Page Count: 15
  Series: BJS Bulletins
  Annotation: This document provides findings about tort cases disposed by jury and bench trial in general jurisdiction courts in the Nation’s 75 largest counties during 1996.
Abstract: Information is analyzed about types of tort cases and litigants, types of trials, plaintiff winners, compensatory and punitive monetary damages awarded to plaintiff winners, and case processing time. Expanded analyses are presented about businesses in tort trials, medical malpractice, and product liability trials. A description of tort reforms enacted by State legislatures is included. Highlights include the following: Forty-two percent of tort trials involved a private individual suing another individual. About 39 percent of tort claims involved an individual suing a business. Plaintiffs won in 48 percent of tort trial cases. Plaintiffs were more likely to win in tort trials decided by a judge (57 percent) than a jury (48 percent). Plaintiffs won in 58 percent of automobile accident trials, 57 percent of intentional tort trials, and 23 percent of medical malpractice trials. The median final award to plaintiff winners in tort trials during 1996 was about $31,000. Seventeen percent of final awards exceeded $250,000 and 6 percent were $1 million or more. Tables and footnotes
Main Term(s): Court statistics
Index Term(s): Court delays ; Torts ; Verdicts ; Civil remedies ; Civil proceedings ; Trial length
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Type: Survey
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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