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Public Trust in the Civil Justice System

A press release from Common Good provides disturbing new data over the lack of public trust in the civil justice system, claiming that only 16 percent of American adults "trust the legal system to defend them against baseless claims."

According to the release:

-- 83 percent of those surveyed agree that the legal system makes it too easy to make invalid claims.
-- Only 43 percent agree that the overall effects of the system on society are reasonable.
-- Only 33 percent agree that the system provides timely and reliable resolutions of disputes.
-- 56 percent think that there are fundamental changes needed to make the civil justice system work better.
-- 62 percent strongly agree that we need to have more judges who will turn back frivolous lawsuits. (Another 26 percent agree somewhat.)
-- 48 percent strongly agree that lawyers who take on lawsuits that are frivolous should be fined. (Another 29 percent agree somewhat.)
-- 67 percent strongly agree that there is an increasing tendency for people to threaten legal action when something goes wrong. (Another 27
percent agree somewhat.)
-- 55 percent strongly agree that many people use the justice system almost like a lottery -- they start lawsuits to see if they can win millions. (Another 32 percent agree somewhat.)



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute


Published by the Manhattan Institute

The Manhattan Insitute's Center for Legal Policy.