Contract-Based Litigation Represents Almost 70 Percent of Civil Caseloads
The table shows the distribution of civil case types across the total civil caseloads of 16 general jurisdiction
courts. Though there is obvious variation from state to state—much of which is attributable to differing
court structures—most noticeable is how much of the caseloads are either contract or small claims cases.
Aggregated, these cases range from 26 to 85 percent of civil cases. Three of the four states with the lowest
aggregate percentage of contract and small claims cases (AL, HI, and WA) have no small claims jurisdiction
in their general jurisdiction court.