NCSC Research: The Truth about Civil Caseloads

The National Center for State Courts’ December 2017 Trends: Close Up reminds us the truth about civil caseloads.

NCSC research summarized in a pie chart showing types of civil cases.

NCSC research: More than half of civil caseloads are comprised of relatively low-value debt collection, landlord/tenant, and small claims cases.

From the NCSC report:

Any efforts at improving civil justice in state courts must first begin with recognizing the truth about civil caseloads. The majority of state court civil cases are of relatively low-value, are resolved administratively, and are defended by self-represented litigants.

To make a difference, start with understanding the context. Then, collaborate to invent solutions and improvements to address the issues faced by courts and the public in these cases.

Read more about this and other trends at the National Center for State Courts website.

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