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NCJ Number: NCJ 172855     Find in a Library
Title: Federal Tort Trials and Verdicts, 1996-97
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  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Author(s): M F X Litras ; C J DeFrances
  Editor(s): Y Boston
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 10
  Series: BJS Bulletins
  Annotation: This report presents findings about Federal tort trials in the United States district courts from the 1996-97.
Abstract: Information is presented on the characteristics of Federal tort cases, amounts of monetary damages awarded, and case processing time. The data revealed that United States district courts terminated an average of 296,000 cases during each of the fiscal years 1996 and 1997. Approximately 84 percent of these cases were civil and 16 percent were criminal cases. Nineteen percent of the cases terminated during these years were tort claims in which plaintiffs claimed injury, loss, or damage from defendants' negligent or intentional acts. Nearly three-fourths of tort trials resulted from a dispute between citizens, corporations, or both from different States. A jury decided 75 percent of all tort cases in United States district courts. Plaintiffs won 45 percent of all tort trial cases in which a judgment was known, 44 percent of personal injury cases, 29 percent of product liability cases, and 54 percent of cases involving property damages. The average case processing time from filing to termination was 20.2 months in 1996-97, a decline from 21.8 months in 1994-95. Tables, figures, and lists of definitions and their sources
Main Term(s): Court statistics
Index Term(s): Federal courts ; Torts ; Civil remedies ; Civil proceedings ; Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
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