FEDERAL COURT FILINGS REMAIN STEADY IN 2011

2011 JUDICIAL BUSINESS REPORT

FEDERAL COURT FILINGS IN 2011

According to records released by the Administrative Office of  U. S. Courts, Federal Court filings remained steady in 2011.  The following notable statistics were included in the 2011 report:

U.S. Courts of Appeals

  • In the regional courts of appeals, filings fell 1.5 percent to 55,126.
  • Criminal appeals dropped 5 percent, and appeals of administrative agency decisions decreased 3 percent.
  • Civil appeals held fairly steady.
  • Original proceedings grew 5 percent, and bankruptcy appeals rose 1 percent.

Criminal Filings

  • Filings of criminal cases (including cases transferred from other courts) stayed largely unchanged (up 12 cases to 78,440), but the number of criminal defendants rose 3 percent to set a new record of 102,931.
  • Growth occurred in defendants charged with drug crimes, firearms and explosives offenses, sex offenses, property offenses, and general offenses.
  • Defendants accused of immigration offenses decreased 3 percent.

FOR THE FULL SUMMARY REPORT VISIT THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE OF U.S. COURTS WEBSITE

 

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