Wednesday, August 2, 2006

15% of Civil Trials Appealed

A 15-page report, Appeals from General Civil Trials in 46 Large Counties, 2001-2005, from the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics says that about 15% of civil trials are appealed. Plaintiffs and defendants are about equally likely to appeal. Bureau of Justice Statistics Press Release, July 6, 2006.

Some statistics by type of case -- appeals are filed in:

  • 11% of all tort trials
  • 21% of trials involving contracts
  • 24% of property trials
  • 18% of medical malpractice cases
  • about 33% of products liability cases
  • 5% of automobile accident cases.
The press release states:
According to the report, the appeals process provides another opportunity for litigants in a sizeable percentage of cases to reach a settlement outside the court. Many appeals are withdrawn or dismissed because the parties reach settlement after the initial appeal is filed.
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