Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Federal appellate geeks rejoice!

Yes, that's the headline from How Appealing, about today's release of detailed statistics on the federal courts, including appellate courts.

Here's what jumps out regarding the 9th Circuit:
  • 18.7% of cases are invited for oral argument (a lower percentage than in six other circuits; the 7th Circuit has the highest rate [38.3%] and the 4th Circuit has the lowest [10.5%])
  • The reversal rate in private civil cases is 11.5% (The D.C. Cir. has the highest [16.3%] with the 7th Circuit close behind [15.5%])
Thus, there appears to be a correlation between oral argument and reversals...