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Federal Tort Trials and Verdicts, 1996-97

NCJ Number
Date Published
February 1999
10 pages
M F X Litras; C J DeFrances
Publication Series
This report presents findings about Federal tort trials in the United States district courts from the 1996-97.
Information is presented on the characteristics of Federal tort cases, amounts of monetary damages awarded, and case processing time. The data revealed that United States district courts terminated an average of 296,000 cases during each of the fiscal years 1996 and 1997. Approximately 84 percent of these cases were civil and 16 percent were criminal cases. Nineteen percent of the cases terminated during these years were tort claims in which plaintiffs claimed injury, loss, or damage from defendants' negligent or intentional acts. Nearly three-fourths of tort trials resulted from a dispute between citizens, corporations, or both from different States. A jury decided 75 percent of all tort cases in United States district courts. Plaintiffs won 45 percent of all tort trial cases in which a judgment was known, 44 percent of personal injury cases, 29 percent of product liability cases, and 54 percent of cases involving property damages. The average case processing time from filing to termination was 20.2 months in 1996-97, a decline from 21.8 months in 1994-95. Tables, figures, and lists of definitions and their sources
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