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Civil Justice Survey of State Courts: [United States] Series RSS

Investigator(s): Bureau of Justice Statistics

These surveys provide a broad-based, systematic examination of the nature of general civil litigation (e.g., tort, contract, and real property cases) disposed in a sample of the nation's 75 most populous counties. Data collection was carried out by the National Center for State Courts with the assistance of WESTAT. Data collected includes information about the types of civil cases litigated at trial, types of plaintiffs and defendants, trial winners, amount of total damages awarded, amount of punitive damages awarded, and case processing time. In addition, information was collected on general civil cases concluded by bench or jury trial that were subsequently appealed to a state's intermediate appellate court or court of last resort. The appellate datasets examine information on the types of civil bench and jury trials appealed, the characteristics of litigants filing an appeal, the frequency in which appellate courts affirm, reverse, or modify trial court outcomes and cases further appealed from an intermediate appellate court to a state court of last resort.

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2014
Kritzerm Herbert M.,  Liu, Guangya,  Vidmar, Neil . An exploration of 'noneconomic' damages in civil jury awards. William and Mary Law Review. 55, (3), 971-1027.
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2013
Eisenberg, Theodore . The empirical effects of tort reform. Research Handbook on the Economics of Torts. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
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2013
Heise, Michael . Empirical analysis of civil litigation: Torts trials in state courts. Research Handbook on the Economics of Torts. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
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2013
McMichael, Benjamin J. Constitutional limitations on punitive damages: Ambiguous effects and inconsistent justifications. Vanderbilt Law Review. 66, (3), 961-1013.
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2012
Best, Eli K.,  Donohue, John J., III . Jury Nullification in Modified Comparative Negligence Regimes. Stanford Public Law Working Paper No. 1874466. Stanford, CA: .
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2012
Best, Eli K.,  Donohue, John J., III . Jury nullification in modified comparative negligence regimes. University of Chicago Law Review. 79, (3), 945-984.
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2012
Cohen, Thomas H. Civil trial delay in state courts: The effect of case and litigant level characteristics. Judicature. 95, (4), 158-170.
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2012
Lim, Claire S. H. . Media influence on courts: Evidence from civil case adjudication. .
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2012
Wentland, Scott . Political beliefs and tort awards: Evidence of rationally political jurors from two data sets. Review of Law and Economics. 8, (3), 619-656.
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2011
Cohen, Thomas H.,  Farole, Donald J. Appeals of Civil Trials Concluded in 2005. Special Report. NCJ 235187, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.
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