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15 Percent of Trials Are Appealed

Thanks to Law Librarian Blog for pointing me to the July U.S. Department of Justice report, Appeals From General Civil Trials in 46 Large Counties, 2001-2005. The report tracked the appeals of 1,204 state civil trials concluded in 2001 in 46 populous counties. It looked at the percentage of cases appealed, the types of parties who filed appeals and the rates at which verdicts were affirmed or reversed from 2001 to 2005. Among the findings:

  • Fifteen percent of all civil trials were appealed.
  • Litigants filed appeals in 11 percent of all tort trials, 21 percent of trials involving contracts and 24 percent of property trials.
  • Among tort trial cases concluded in 2001, litigants filed appeals in approximately 33 percent of product liability and 18 percent of medical malpractice trials.
  • Forty-three percent of civil appeals were dismissed or withdrawn prior to disposition.
  • Trial court verdicts or judgments that found for plaintiffs were reversed or modified on appeal at higher rates compared with trial court outcomes favoring defendants (42 percent versus 21 percent).
  • Of cases appealed to an intermediate appellate court, 218 were subsequently appealed to a court of last resort. Twenty-five of these were granted additional review by a court of last resort.

The full report can be downloaded in PDF or plain text. Data spreadsheets can also be downloaded.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on August 8, 2006 at 01:20 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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