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THE IMPACT OF ATTORNEYS ON JUDICIAL DECISIONS: EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE FROM CIVIL CASES

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Caio Castelliano de Vasconcelos ,

University of Brasília, BR
About Caio
Caio Castelliano de Vasconcelos is a Federal Attorney Attorney at the Office of the Attorney General of the Union (AGU) in Brazil. He has a master in Administration and is a Ph.D. candidate at the Management Graduate Program, University of Brasília, Brazil.
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Eduardo Watanabe de Oliveira,

University of Brasília, BR
About Eduardo
Eduardo Watanabe is a Federal Attorney at AGU and is enrolled in a Master’s Information Sciences Program, University of Brasília, Brazil;
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Waldir Leôncio Netto

University of Padua, IT
About Waldir
Waldir Leôncio Netto is a statistician at AGU and a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Statistical Sciences, University of Padua, Italy;
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Abstract

This article analyses the impact of attorneys on the outcome of judicial decisions in civil cases. We currently have little quantitative information about the effect of attorneys on the outcome of civil cases due to (i) the nonrandom pairing of attorneys and cases and (ii) the difficulty in accurately defining what a favorable decision in a civil case is. The Office of the Solicitor General of the Union in Brazil presents a unique research opportunity, since it assigns cases among its attorneys on a random basis and has standardized rules to record outcomes of civil cases. We analyzed the work performed by 386 Federal Attorneys and their impact on 30,821 judicial decisions. Significant win-rate differences among attorneys were detected in half of the 70 teams surveyed. The fact that attorneys achieve different outcomes, despite working in the same type of cases, indicates how judicial decisions can be affected by the work of an attorney in the civil area. No statistical correlation between attorney experience and outcome of civil cases was detected.
How to Cite: Vasconcelos, C.C. de ., Oliveira, E.W. de . and Netto, W.L., 2018. THE IMPACT OF ATTORNEYS ON JUDICIAL DECISIONS: EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE FROM CIVIL CASES. International Journal for Court Administration, 9(2), pp.32–42. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/ijca.244
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Published on 17 Jul 2018.
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