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357. U.S. Courts of Appeals -- Cases Commenced and Disposition

[For years ending June 30]

 
Item 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998
 
Cases commenced 1........................ 23,200 26,362 27,946 29,630 31,490 33,360 34,292 35,176 37,524 39,734 40,898 42,033 46,032 49,770 48,815 49,671 51,524 52,571 53,328
  Criminal............................................... 4,405 4,377 4,767 4,790 4,881 4,989 5,134 5,260 6,012 8,020 9,493 9,949 10,956 11,885 11,052 10,171 10,653 10,740 10,339
  U.S. civil............................................. 4,654 4,940 5,517 5,820 6,259 6,744 6,415 6,292 6,210 6,349 6,626 6,663 7,113 7,758 7,518 7,761 8,681 8,710 9,803
  Private civil....................................... 10,200 12,074 13,267 14,429 15,466 16,827 17,876 19,246 20,464 20,626 20,490 20,798 22,862 24,030 24,781 25,992 27,188 26,716 27,364
  Administrative appeals................... 2,950 3,800 3,118 3,069 3,045 3,179 3,187 2,723 3,043 2,965 2,578 2,764 3,052 3,824 3,560 3,345 2,858 4,131 3,788
 
Cases terminated 1............................. 20,887 25,066 27,984 28,660 31,185 31,387 33,774 34,444 35,888 37,372 38,520 41,414 42,933 47,466 48,546 50,085 49,359 51,295 51,348
  Criminal.............................................. 3,993 4,192 4,522 4,777 4,876 4,892 5,134 5,039 5,284 6,297 7,509 9,198 9,830 11,043 11,519 11,320 9,995 10,522 10,281
  U.S. civil............................................ 4,346 5,021 5,508 5,585 6,074 6,363 6,535 6,227 6,386 6,127 6,379 6,579 6,797 7,462 7,637 7,710 7,831 8,751 8,993
  Private civil.......................................... 8,942 11,327 13,115 13,710 15,309 15,743 17,276 18,338 19,798 20,313 20,369 20,698 21,628 23,437 23,943 25,574 25,999 26,365 26,054
  Administrative appeals.................... 2,643 3,303 3,549 3,260 3,212 2,760 3,235 3,237 2,625 2,914 2,582 3,148 2,801 3,464 3,480 3,254 3,131 3,615 4,026
 
Cases disposed of 2........................ 10,607 12,168 12,720 13,217 14,327 16,369 18,199 18,502 19,178 19,322 21,006 22,707 23,162 25,567 26,475 28,187 26,988 26,287 24,917
  Affirmed or granted......................... 8,017 9,004 9,560 10,174 10,961 12,286 13,398 13,681 14,953 15,240 16,629 17,988 18,463 20,604 21,371 22,825 21,696 21,170 19,771
  Reversed or denied........................ 1,845 2,246 2,138 2,173 2,382 2,770 3,249 2,924 2,664 2,617 2,565 2,503 2,681 2,514 2,636 2,679 2,533 2,353 2,267
  Other................................................ 745 918 1,022 870 984 1,313 1,552 1,897 1,561 1,465 1,812 2,216 2,018 2,449 2,468 2,683 2,759 2,764 2,879
Median months 3.............................. 8.9 9.3 8.9 8.6 8.3 10.3 10.3 10.3 10.1 10.3 10.1 10.2 10.5 10.4 10.5 10.5 10.3 11.1 11.5



1 Includes original proceedings and bankruptcy appeals not shown separately.
2 Terminated on the merits after hearing or submission. Beginning 1975, data not comparable with earlier years due to changes in criteria.
3 Prior to 1985, the figure is from filing of complete record to final disposition; beginning 1985, figure is from filing notice of appeal to disposition. For definition of median, see Guide to Tabular Presentation.

Source: Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Annual Report of the Director.

http://www.uscourts.gov/publications.html

* Courts of Appeals

The intermediate appellate courts in the federal judicial system are the courts of appeals. Twelve of these courts have jurisdiction over cases from certain geographic areas. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has national jurisdiction over specific types of cases.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the 12 regional courts of appeals are often referred to as circuit courts. That is because early in the nation's history, the judges of the first courts of appeals visited each of the courts in one region in a particular sequence, traveling by horseback and riding " circuit." These courts of appeals review matters from the district courts of their geographical regions, the U.S. Tax Court, and from certain federal administrative agencies. A disappointed party in a district court usually has the right to have the case reviewed in the court of appeals for the circuit. Appeals court judges are appointed for life by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.

The First through Eleventh Circuits each include three or more states, as illustrated by a map The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia hears cases arising in the District of Columbia and has appellate jurisdiction assigned by Congress in legislation concerning many departments of the federal government.

Judges of the Courts of Appeals

As in the district courts, the judges who sit on the courts of appeals are appointed for life by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. Each court of appeals consists of six or more judges, depending on the caseload of the courts. The judge who has served on the court the longest and who is under 65 years of age is designated as the chief judge, and performs administrative duties in addition to hearing cases. The chief judge serves for a maximum term of seven years. There are 167 judges on the 12 regional courts of appeals.

* affirmed: In the practice of the appellate courts, the decree or order is declared valid and will stand as rendered in the lower court.

appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.

reverse: When an appellate court sets aside the decision of a lower court because of an error. A reversal is often followed by a remand

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These tables are based on figures supplied by the United States Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce and are subject to revision by the Census Bureau.

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