A report by the National Center for State Courts finds that, of all civil cases filed in state courts, one half of 1% are actually resolved by a jury. Stephanie Mencimer outlines some additional findings:
- the number of incoming civil filings has fallen
- tort cases accounted for only 5 percent of all incoming civil lawsuits (probate cases accounted for more court activity than torts!)
- of the tiny percentage of court dockets taken up by tort cases, medical malpractice and products liability cases accounted for even tinier fractions. In the states studied, med mal cases were 3 percent of all tort filings, and products liability cases between 3 and 4 percent. Car crashes, as always, made up most of the docket (64 percent).