Jury trials in the heartland.

Chappelear, S. E. (1999). Jury trials in the heartland. University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, 32, 241-277.

In this Article, Stephen Chappelear draws on his study of civil jury trials in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas in Columbus, Ohio. He concludes that trial by jury results in justice. Despite the popular belief that juries are modern day Robin Hoods, empirical data suggests that their verdicts are lower than commonly believed.

Only 1% of lawsuits filed progressed to jury trial. Tort cases most common; auto negligence largest sub-category. Punitive damage awards rare and modest. Settlement rejection “errors” (defined retrospectively) common on both sides, but jury awards generally closer to defendant’s last offer than plaintiff’s last demand.

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