The Vanishing Trial: An Examination of Trials and Related Matters in Federal and State Courts

@article{Galanter2004TheVT,
  title={The Vanishing Trial: An Examination of Trials and Related Matters in Federal and State Courts},
  author={Marc Galanter},
  journal={Journal of Empirical Legal Studies},
  year={2004},
  volume={1},
  pages={459-570}
}
  • M. Galanter
  • Published 1 November 2004
  • Law, History
  • Journal of Empirical Legal Studies
This article traces the decline in the portion of cases that are terminated by trial and the decline in the absolute number of trials in various American judicial fora. The portion of federal civil cases resolved by trial fell from 11.5 percent in 1962 to 1.8 percent in 2002, continuing a long historic decline. More startling was the 60 percent decline in the absolute number of trials since the mid 1980s. The makeup of trials shifted from a predominance of torts to a predominance of civil… 
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Vanishing Trials: The Bankruptcy Experience
The federal bankruptcy system provides two critical points of comparison with data about the overall trends of federal lawsuits and trials. The first is the rising number of bankruptcy filings, which