Costs of the Civil Justice System

Court Expenditures for Various Types of Civil Cases

by James S. Kakalik, Randy Ross


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This report analyzes the cost of processing domestic relations, mental health, probate and guardianship, property rights and condemnation, torts contracts and other civil complaints, and other civil petitions cases. Section II details the procedures for estimating and analyzing government expenditures for processing civil cases. Section III describes how the study derived the government expenditure per judge for each of the courts in the study — a necessary element in the cost-estimation procedure. Section IV reports the estimates of government expenditure and judge-time per civil case filed for various types of civil cases in state and federal courts. Finally, Sec. V provides estimates of the total nationwide government expenditure for processing civil cases.

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