The Judiciary confronted many challenges in 2017 that reinforced the importance and value of court employees working together through “a coordinated and unified approach.” That was the message from James C. Duff, the director of the Administrative Office on the U.S. Courts, in his annual report on the activities and the state of business of the U.S. courts published today.Read more.
- Filings in the regional courts of appeals, which rose 15 percent the previous year, dropped 16 percent to 50,506 in 2017.
- Filings by pro se litigants, which accounted for 50 percent of new cases, went down 20 percent.
- Civil appeals grew 1 percent.
- Criminal appeals fell 14 percent.
- For data on the activity of the U.S. Courts of Appeals, see the B series of tables.
Table B-4A has Median case times, showing that in the 9th Circuit, the median time in a civil appeal from notice of appeal to decision is 22.8 months. Also, the median time from oral argument to decision is 1.2 months, and from submission without argument to decision is .3 months. The time from the appellee's brief to oral argument or submission is 13.8 months (by far the longest of any circuit; the next longest is the 4th Cir. at 5.9 months).
Table B-5 has dispositions by case type, showing that in the 9th Circuit, the reversal rate in private civil appeals is 13.1%