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The Death of the American Trial$
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Robert P. Burns

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226081267

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226081281.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
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The Death of the American Trial
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226081281.003.0001

This chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about trials in the United States. It cites statistics showing that the percentage of federal civil cases that ended in trial declined from 11.5 percent in 1962 to 1.8 percent in 2002. The book argues that the trial, though in statistical decline, has a comprehensiveness among our modes of social ordering that makes it unique. It also analyzes the causal mechanisms that together explain the recent catastrophic decline in the number of cases tried and discusses the significance or meaning of this decline.

Keywords:   trials, United States, federal civil cases, social ordering, causal mechanisms

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