Monday, November 3, 2008

Statistics on Civil Trials in State Courts

The Bureau of Justice Statistics has released a study on general civil trials dealing with contracts, real property, and torts in a national sample of state courts for 2005.

Civil Bench and Jury Trials in State Courts, 2005 reports:

  • the types of plaintiffs and defendants represented in civil trials
  • plaintiffs’ win rates
  • punitive damages
  • final award amounts generated in civil trial litigation
  • trends in civil trial litigation in the nation's 75 most populous counties from 1992 to 2005

Some of the significant findings:

Plaintiffs were significantly more likely to prevail in bench trials as
opposed to jury trials.

Approximately 4% of winning plaintiffs received awards of a million dollars or more.

The number of civil actions has been declining.

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