This brief essay first summarizes some of that knowledge-in particular, the chief features we know about the shrinking civil trial docket in federal district courts. Next, it proposes four areas of future investigation necessary to understand the contours of the trend and to assess its causes. Then, I bring together the causal hypotheses that have already been proposed, none of which has yet been securely tested. Finally, in an appended bibliography, I list data sources, reports, and scholarly analyses that will be useful to those doing future work.
What We Know and What We Should Know about American Trial Trends,
2006 J. Disp. Resol.
Available at: https://scholarship.law.missouri.edu/jdr/vol2006/iss1/6