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TORT BENCH AND JURY TRIALS IN STATE COURTS, 2005 RELEASED

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justiceís Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) released today Tort Bench and Jury Trials in State Courts, 2005 (NCJ 228129), which discusses tort cases concluded by a bench or jury trial in a national sample of jurisdictions in 2005.

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, tort trial litigation trends are examined in the nationís 75 most populous counties, based on comparable data in 1996, 2001, and 2005.

TITLE:

Tort Bench and Jury Trials in State Courts, 2005

AUTHOR:

Thomas H. Cohen

WHERE:

http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=2132

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BJS 10-020