Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Federal Stats are out

2014 Reports on Federal Courts Caseload and Activities Released

Reports on the 2014 caseload of the federal courts and the activities of Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts were released today.
The 2014 Judicial Business of the United States Courts shows that the number of civil case filings and persons under post-conviction supervision increased, while filings were down in the courts of appeals and bankruptcy courts in fiscal year 2014. Filings for criminal defendants declined.
A series of statistical tables detail federal cases filed by circuit, district, offense or nature of suit, commenced, terminated and pending, among other data reports. A multi-year comparison of judicial caseload indicators is included.
The Annual Report of the Director, also released today, highlights the 2014 activities and programs of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. 

Caseload Highlights

U.S. Courts of Appeals

  • Cases commenced in the 12 regional U.S. Courts of Appeals declined 3 percent to 54,988 in 2014, the lowest level since 2000. Decreases were reported for filings of appeals of administrative agency decisions, bankruptcy appeals, and criminal appeals. Growth occurred in filings of civil appeals.
  • Appeals involving pro se litigants, which amounted to 51 percent of filings, fell 3 percent.
  • Criminal appeals decreased 8 percent.
  • Appeals of administrative agency decisions declined 16 percent.
  • Civil appeals increased 1 percent
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