Tort lawsuits are “down sharply,” raising concerns among some judges that Americans no longer see the courts as a way to achieve justice in garden-variety civil cases, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Fewer than two in 1,000 people filed tort suits in 2015, down from about 10 in 1,000 in 1993, the article reports, citing information from the National Center for State Courts.
In 2015, tort cases accounted for 4 percent of civil filings in state courts, down from 16 percent of civil filings in 1993. In raw numbers, the decline in filings amounts to more than 1.7 million cases. The numbers are estimates based on case percentages recorded by more than 20 states.