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Year-End Federal Judiciary Review
Jan. 24, 2012 

Photo: Chief Justice Roberts 

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. recently released the 2011 year-end Federal Judiciary Review in which he discusses the Judicial Conference’s Code of Conduct and its application. 

The report also included analysis of caseloads in the various federal courts. 

Some of the statistical highlights include: 

In 2011, caseloads increased in the U.S. district courts and in the probation and pretrial services offices, but decreased in the U.S. appellate and bankruptcy courts. 

The total number of cases filed in the Supreme Court decreased from 8,159 filings in the 2009 Term to 7,857 filings in the 2010 Term, a decrease of 3.7 percent. 

Filings in the regional courts of appeals fell 1.5 percent to 55,126. Growth occurred in original proceedings and bankruptcy appeals. 

Civil filings in the U.S. district courts grew 2 percent to 289,252 cases. Fueling this growth was a 2 percent increase in federal question cases (i.e., actions under the Constitution, laws, or treaties of the United States in which the United States is not a party in the case), which resulted mainly from cases addressing civil rights, consumer credit, and intellectual property rights. 

Filings of bankruptcy petitions declined 8 percent to 1,467,221. This was the first reduction since 2007, when filings plunged after the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 took effect. 

The 129,780 persons under post-conviction supervision on Sept. 30, 2011, represented an increase of 2 percent over the total from the previous year. 

View a complete copy of the report, click here

 To see this article at the Ohio Supreme Court web site, click here

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