Trends in State Courts: Rising Caseloads and Vanishing Trials

During 2004, alarms sounded in many states both because of the conduct of the 2004 judicial elections and where improving state finances did not translate into adequate funding for the courts. The losers are the members of the public and businesses with disputes for which they cannot obtain resolution.

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About the Author
David B. Rottman is a principal court research consultant at the National Center for State Courts, where he has worked since 1987. His current interests include judicial selection, public opinion on the courts, the evolution of court structure, and the pros and cons of problem-solving courts. He is the author of books on modern Ireland, social class and community courts. Rottman has a doctorate in sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana, and previously worked at the Economic and Social Institute in Dublin, Ireland.