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  NCJ Number: NCJ 225634     Find in a Library
  Title: Contract Bench and Jury Trials in State Courts, 2005
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
  Author(s): Donald J. Farole Jr.
  Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Date Published: 09/2009
  Page Count: 17
  Series: BJS Bulletins
  Annotation: This report presents findings on contract cases disposed of by a bench or jury trial in a nationally representative sample of jurisdictions in 2005.
  Abstract: Topics in the report include the types of cases that proceed to trial, differences between the types of cases decided by judges or juries, types of plaintiffs and defendants represented in civil trials, plaintiff win rates, damage awards, and post-trial activity. Information is also presented on contract trial litigation in the Nation's 75 most populous counties from 1996 to 2005. See also Civil Bench and Jury Trials in State Courts, 2005. Highlights include the following: 64 percent of contract cases in general jurisdiction courts were decided by a judge, and 36 percent were heard by a jury; contract trials in 2005 most commonly involved an individual suing a business (33 percent), followed by a business suing another business (25 percent); the median damage award for plaintiff winners in contract trials was $35,000; juries awarded a median of $75,000 and judges a median of $25,000 in final award amounts.
  Main Term(s): Court statistics
  Index Term(s): Grants or contracts ; Trials ; State courts ; Dispositions ; Civil proceedings ; Civil litigation
  Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
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  Type: Statistics
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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