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WASHINGTON - The Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) released Appeals of Civil Trials Concluded in 2005, which presents information on civil trials concluded in state trial courts in 2005 with judgments or verdicts later appealed to an intermediate appellate court or court of last resort. The cases were tracked through the appellate process from 2005 to 2010.

Tables detail the characteristics of general civil bench and jury trials appealed; the frequency with which appellate courts affirmed, reversed, or modified trial court outcomes; and the length of time it took to dispose of civil trials on appeal. Data were collected from the administrative files of 84 appellate courts in 35 states. These courts received appeals for the cases disposed by courts sampled in 2005. The findings provide national-level estimates of the effect of appellate court litigation on outcomes of civil trials.

TITLE: Appeals of Civil Trials Concluded in 2005 (NCJ 235187)
AUTHOR: Donald J. Farole, Jr.
Thomas H. Cohen


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