Time to Trial

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Access comprehensive data regarding the duration it takes for specific courts or judges to reach trials.

About

The Time to Trial page provides data about the time to trial before a selected U.S. District Court or judge. View a court or judge's Average, Median, Maximum, and Minimum months to trial compared to their respective national statistics, visualize the time to trial data in various chart forms, and address common questions such as:

  • How long should my client expect for their case to get to trial?
  • Is this judge faster or slower than other judges to hear cases?
  • How many cases in this district took between 18 and 24 months from filing to trial?
  • Will it change my estimated time to trial if I opt for a bench trial?
  • Does case size affect time to trial? If so, can I alter my accusations to expedite the case?

Accessing This Feature

From the Analytics Toolkit section of the main search page, select Time to Trial from Timing & Analysis.

This feature is available in the following libraries:

Filter Descriptions

Judges/Courts Selection

Toggle between searchable lists of Judges and Courts, and select specific judges or courts to compare their results.

Case Filing Date

By default, results include all data from January 1, 2008 to present. Input a new date range to limit the dates.

Dates to Exclude

Exclude a date range to account for events that may temporarily alter trial schedules, such as a natural disaster or a pandemic.

Trial Type

Include results of factual and legal conclusions issued by a judge, jury verdicts, or both.

Case Size

Include cases with certain numbers of accusations. Small cases have four or fewer, Medium cases have five to nine, and Large cases have ten or more accusations.

Exclusion Options

Choose whether to include outliers and cases with transfers, stays, or consolidation in the results.

Last Updated: December 4, 2023

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