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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A newspaper reports that the number of criminal and civil cases that go to trial in Ohio has reached a historic low.

Based on numbers from the Ohio Supreme Court, The Columbus Dispatch figured that just 2.5 percent of criminal cases in the state's common pleas courts were resolved by going to trial in 2012. That's the most recent year for which statistics are available.

Experts are citing a number of reasons for the low trial rates, including the escalating cost of taking civil cases to trial and tougher sentencing laws that make criminal defendants more willing to take plea deals.

Common pleas courts handle felony crimes and civil disputes involving more than $15,000. Trial rates are similar in municipal courts.

 

Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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