Thursday, September 29, 2005

Federal Tort Trials Drop by 80%

Robert Ambrogi's Lawsites blog summarizes the findings of a Bureau of Justice Statistics report, "Federal Tort Trials and Verdicts, 2002-03" (August 2005):
[T]he number of tort trials concluded in U.S. district courts declined by nearly 80 percent from 1985 to 2003—from 3,600 trials in 1985 to fewer than 800 trials in 2003. The percentage of tort cases concluded by trial in U.S. district courts has also declined, the report found, from 10 percent in the early 1970s to 2 percent in 2003.

From the BJS website: "Federal Tort Trials and Verdicts, 2002-03
[p]resents findings on jury and bench tort trials concluded in Federal district courts during fiscal years 2002-03. . . . Information includes the types of tort cases that proceed to trial, plaintiff win rates, case processing times, and estimated median damage awards. . . . The overall trends in tort trial litigation from 1970 to 2003 are also examined."

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