The 2001 Civil Justice Survey of State Courts found 8,311 general civil cases (e.g., tort, contract, and real property) concluded by bench or jury trial in a sample of 46 of the 75 most populous counties. These cases were weighted to represent the 11,908 general civil trials concluded in the 75 largest counties in 2001.
The 2001 Supplemental Survey of Civil Appeals then collected information in 43 of the 46 counties for all trials that produced an appeal. The appeals were tracked until April 30, 2005. Appeals not disposed on that date were identified as pending.
Plaintiffs and defendants appealed 1,204 (about 15%) of the 8,311, contract, or real property cases decided by bench or jury trial.
Form to count Alternate Dispute Resolution cases added.