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NCJ Number: NCJ 228129     Find in a Library
Title: Tort Bench and Jury Trials in State Courts, 2005
  Document URL: PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Author(s): Thomas H. Cohen, J.D., Ph.D.
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 11/2009
Page Count: 21
  Series: BJS Bulletins
  Annotation: This report discusses tort cases concluded by a bench or jury trial in a national sample of jurisdictions in 2005.
Abstract: Topics include the types of tort cases that proceed to trial, the differences between tort cases adjudicated by judges and juries, and the types of plaintiffs and defendants represented in tort trials. The report also covers plaintiff win rates, punitive damages, and the final award amounts generated in tort trial litigation. Lastly, trends are examined in tort trial litigation in the Nation’s 75 most populous counties, based on comparable data in 1996, 2001, and 2005. Highlights include the following: together, bench and jury trials accounted for an estimated 4 percent of all tort dispositions in 2005; punitive damages were sought in 9 percent of tort trials with plaintiff winners; the median punitive damage award was $55,000; and in the Nation’s 75 most populous counties, the number of tort trials declined by about a third between 1996 and 2005. Tables and appendix
Main Term(s): Court statistics
Index Term(s): Judges ; State courts ; Juries ; Torts
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Type: Statistics
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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