Vanishing Trials? An English Perspective

Cloatre, Emilie and Dingwall, Robert (2006) Vanishing Trials? An English Perspective. Journal of Dispute Resolution, 2006 (1). pp. 51-70. ISSN 1052-2859. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

The full text of this publication is not available from this repository. (Contact us about this Publication)
Official URL


This paper reviews the recent history of civil litigation in England and Wales. While previous work, by Kritzer , has shown an absolute decline in trials over the last fifty years, with some fluctuation around this trend, we suggest that this may now have bottomed out. Given the evidence of a simultaneous, and continuing, decline in the number of claims filed, it may even be the case that trials are, at least temporarily, playing a larger part in the civil justice system than they have for many years. In contrast to the US experience, these changes seem to be intended, and unintended, consequences of deliberate policy decisions by government and senior judges, which have changed the options and incentives for other stakeholders. As such, it is important to be cautious about the extent to which comparable trends in countries with comparable common law jurisdictions have comparable explanations. In particular, we shall argue that the English experience should not be seen as a simple indicator of the �Americanization� of English law or English disputing culture. Nevertheless, Galanter�s concern for the wider social implications of a declining trial rate also has relevance to the UK and its jurisdictions.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Deborah Sowrey
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2010 11:06
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2014 10:05
Resource URI: (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
  • Depositors only (login required):