47 S. Tex. L. Rev. 191 (2005-2006)
The Decline in Jury Trials: What Would Wal-Mart Do

handle is hein.journals/stexlr47 and id is 205 raw text is: THE DECLINE IN JURY TRIALS: WHAT WOULD
WAL-MART Do?
JUSTICE SCOTT BRISTER*
I.  INTROD    U CTION   ............................................................................ 191
II.  T H E  M A RKET   ............................................................................... 193
A .  D  ecline  A broad  ..................................................................... 193
B.   Domestic Competition .......................................................... 194
C.   G lobal Challenges ................................................................. 195
III.  T HE  PROD   U cT  ............................................................................. 196
A .  Jurors' V  erdicts  ..................................................................... 197
B .  Jurors' L  im its  ........................................................................ 200
C.   Jurors'B   enefits ...................................................................... 203
IV .  T H E  PRICE  .................................................................................... 207
A .  Costs  to  Taxpayers ................................................................ 208
B .  C osts  to  Jurors ....................................................................... 209
C.   Costs  to  L itigants ................................................................... 209
D .  C ost v. P rice  ........................................................................... 211
V .  THE   INTANGIBLES ....................................................................... 212
A. Juries and Freedom ............................................................... 212
B .  Juries  and  Faith  ..................................................................... 215
V I.  THE   FUTU   RE  ................................................................................ 219
V II.  C ONCLU    SION  ................................................................................ 222
I. INTRODUCTION
Civil jury trials are declining.' Despite growing numbers of
judges, pending cases, and dispositions, the civil jury system in the
* Justice, Supreme Court of Texas; J.D., Harvard Law School; B.A., Duke
University.
1. Marc Galanter, The Vanishing Trial: An Examination of Trials and Related
Matters in Federal and State Courts, 1 J. EMPIRICAL LEGAL STUD. 459, 459 (2004); Valerie
P. Hans & Stephanie Albertson, Empirical Research and Civil Jury Reform, 78 NOTRE
DAME L. REV. 1497, 1503-04 (2003); Graham C. Lilly, The Decline of the American Jury,
72 U. COLO. L. REV. 53, 60 (2001); Brian J. Ostrom et al., Examining Trial Trends in State
Courts: 1976-2002, 1 J. EMPIRICAL LEGAL STUD. 755, 755 (2004) (We find that despite
substantial growth in the number of case dispositions, there has been a decrease, often
significant, in the use of trials by state courts.); Kent D. Syverud, ADR and the Decline of
the American Civil Jury, 44 UCLA L. REV. 1935, 1935 (1997).

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