Search Site
Menu

What are the Numbers of Civil Cases Filed in Massachusetts?

At the end of Fiscal Year 2002, there was 37,700 total civil cases pending in the Superior Court of Massachusetts. In 2012, there were 26,631 pending. This difference of 11,069 cases represents roughly a 29.4% decline in the number of cases pending at the Superior Court in that 10-year period. There are possibly several explanations for this change in percentages, such as fewer people coming forward due to the risky status of the economy (although I don’t quite follow that because expenses should be advanced by the injured party’s attorney) or because they have found alternative means to formal litigation, such as by consulting internet entities like LegalZoom. Another explanation is that these people are in fact making claims but they or the insurer is using alternative dispute resolution at an early stage and thus a lawsuit is avoided.

When broken down by county, the statistics are just as intriguing. Between 2002 and 2012, the counties in eastern Massachusetts with historically the highest numbers of cases experienced an average decline in pending civil cases of 28.9%. These counties include Suffolk (approximately 25% decline), Essex (35.7% decline), Middlesex (26.2% decline), and Norfolk (28.75% decline). Though there may be no clear explanation for these declining percentages, the numbers consistently demonstrate that something is going on. These numbers should not dissuade anyone from proceeding.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Feinberg & Alban, P.C. fervently protects your rights
  • The Boston firm of Feinberg & Alban, P.C. specializes its practice in the area of personal injury.

    The attorneys serve the entire state of Massachusetts in addition to affiliating with lawyers in other states to handle cases outside of Massachusetts.

  • $7.7 Million Award for Feinberg & Alban Client in Personal Injury Trial

    Boston Attorneys Win Highest Injury Verdict in Massachusetts in 2011 & 2012.

Client Reviews
  • lawyers
    5.0/5.0

    Alexis Cahill represented me on a personal injury case. I was hurt in A car accident and I could not be happier with the outcome Alexis was able to achieve for me. She was conscientious, answered all my questions In a timely manner, and was very eas...

    Read more

    Client

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    I reached out to Feinberg & Alban thru their website. Robert Feinberg called me back the same day. He made me feel important and very comfortable. Colleen Santora was the attorney on my case and she was fantastic! She kept me well informed through ou...

    Read more

    Vern Quashie

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Attorney Colleen Santora, was a pleasure to work with throughout my personal injury case. She makes the process seamless for her clients and is there to answer any questions you have. She negotiated every aspect of my case and got me the settlement I...

    Read more

    Cody

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    We were very pleased with all aspects of this law firm! My husband was struck by a truck while crossing the street. We hired attorney Colleen Santora of Feinberg & Alban PC. Colleen immediately showed empathy towards my husbands condition, aside fro...

    Read more

    Cleopatra Anderson

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Attorney Colleen Santora assisted me after a terrifying highway incident. She came to my home because I was not able to travel, and she remained compassionate, professional, and highly competent throughout my case. I would highly recommend retaining...

    Read more

    Susan Hawes

See all reviews
Awards & Affiliations
Contact us

Quick Contact Form