She'll Settle It: Judges, Their Sex, and the Disposition of Personal Injury Cases in Federal District Courts

30 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2007 Last revised: 29 Jan 2008

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Christina L. Boyd

University of Georgia - School of Public and International Affairs

Date Written: July 5, 2007

Abstract

This article seeks to provide a better understanding of the influence that judges have on the method by which personal injury cases are terminated in federal district courts. By focusing on four district courts, I find that the sex of a judge has an effect on how cases are disposed of. The findings reveal that female judges are more likely to dispose of cases by settlement than their male colleagues. These results provide a significant addition to the literature that argues that females behave differently than males while serving on the judiciary and should also provide insight into judicial decision making at the case management stage in trial courts.

Suggested Citation

Boyd, Christina L., She'll Settle It: Judges, Their Sex, and the Disposition of Personal Injury Cases in Federal District Courts (July 5, 2007). 2nd Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=998649 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.998649

Christina L. Boyd (Contact Author)

University of Georgia - School of Public and International Affairs ( email )

Athens, GA 30602-6254
United States

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