Costs of the Civil Justice System

Court Expenditures for Processing Tort Cases

by James S. Kakalik, Abby Robyn

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This report deals with government expenditures for processing tort cases, drawing on available data from federal and state agencies. Section II presents data on average judge-time expended per tort cases filed, followed by data on the total government expenditure per judge in Sec. III. The average government expenditure per tort case filed is calculated in Sec. IV by multiplying the judge-time per case times the total government expenditure for all types of personnel combined and other resources used per judge-minute. Finally, Sec. V estimates the nationwide total annual government expenditure for processing tort cases.

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