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Study Exonerates Philadelphia Civil Court System

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The performance of Philadelphia’s courts has been the subject of debate for some time now. Some have hailed Philadelphia’s courts as a model for other large urban courts around the country. For others, it has been labeled biased towards plaintiffs.

A Few Highlights

“The Philadelphia court’s handling of civil jury cases is now better than that of any large urban trial court in the United States.” – The National Center for State Courts (NCSC).

“The Philadelphia Courts have been one of the most awarded courts in the country.

“Philadelphia’s Complex Litigation Center has been found to “dispose mass tort cases far more expeditiously than the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania or any federal Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) court.” – The National Center for State Courts.”

“According to the most recent reports estimating median amounts awarded to plaintiffs in Philadelphia courts, total median amounts have dropped 40% from $49,000 to 20,000 over five years.”

The most recent estimates concluded that median amount awarded to plaintiffs in Philadelphia was $20,000. Philadelphia is dwarfed by other cities similar in size for example, New York’s median amount was $227,000, Los Angeles was $106,000 and Miami was $106,000.

An independent analysis of the Judicial Hellholes report found its findings are biased to large corporations and their attorneys. The analysis concludes by saying the evidence cited in the report is “substantively inaccurate and methodologically flawed.” – Cornell Law School Professor Ted Eisenberg

To read the full report go to the following link:

http://takingbackourcourts.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Justice-For-Philadelphia-Courts-Final.pdf

The report that Taking Back Our Courts has released is clearly providing some clarity on the matter. Please read report and share with others.