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358. U.S. District Courts -- Civil Cases Commenced and Pending

[For years ending June 30]

 
Cases commenced Cases commenced Cases pending Cases pending
Type of case
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998
 
      Cases total 1 217,879 207,690 226,895 228,562 235,996 239,013 272,661 265,151 261,262 242,346 244,570 237,040 215,574 217,963 224,378 243,703 259,536 269,119
 
Contract actions 1 46,039 42,396 51,246 38,240 31,988 31,619 33,413 38,858 44,205 43,490 42,497 41,588 40,525 29,697 27,337 26,999 31,613 32,403
  Recovery of overpayments 2 10,878 7,932 17,475 7,255 2,591 2,099 3,583 8,070 15,188 5,177 4,686 4,663 5,995 1,227 1,041 2,301 3,881 6,129
Real property actions 9,505 9,795 10,143 8,436 7,468 7,282 6,276 5,761 5,655 8,853 8,743 7,657 7,743 5,855 5,073 4,486 3,951 3,971
 
Tort actions .. 43,759 37,287 36,469 40,939 48,067 44,511 67,029 52,710 52,218 72,933 77,998 69,734 45,148 47,186 52,334 65,823 72,250 84,073
  Personal injury . 40,593 34,007 33,147 37,409 44,734 41,102 63,222 48,266 48,356 69,033 74,141 65,792 41,324 43,638 48,789 62,087 68,154 80,114
    Personal injury product
     liability 1 18,679 12,399 10,769 16,545 23,977 17,631 38,170 23,294 28,325 41,933 47,288 39,264 15,208 20,694 24,166 34,096 36,621 50,838
      Asbestos. 13,687 7,142 4,673 4,900 7,111 6,821 6,760 8,184 9,718 33,182 38,849 31,218 7,154 3,704 3,524 2,037 2,438 1,576
    Other personal injury 21,914 21,608 22,378 20,864 20,757 23,471 25,052 24,972 20,031 25,148 26,853 26,528 26,116 22,944 24,623 27,991 3,533 29,276
  Personal property damage 3,166 3,280 3,322 3,530 3,333 3,409 3,807 4,444 3,862 3,900 3,857 3,942 3,824 3,548 3,545 3,736 4,096 3,959
 
Actions under statutes 1 118,465 118,085 128,921 140,811 148,344 155,495 165,922 167,807 159,172 113,254 114,853 117,538 121,964 135,020 139,487 144,094 151,655 148,630
  Civil rights 1 18,793 19,337 23,419 26,483 31,521 35,566 40,476 43,166 42,750 24,059 23,791 24,009 26,477 33,271 37,512 42,545 46,096 46,718
    Employment . 8,413 8,144 10,275 12,221 15,256 18,225 22,150 23,707 23,804 8,459 11,490 11,156 12,530 17,359 20,375 24,212 26,669 27,097
  Bankruptcy suits 5,056 5,013 5,243 6,192 5,675 5,138 4,737 4,217 3,905 4,062 3,941 4,083 4,203 4,705 4,541 3,938 3,648 2,921
  Commerce (ICC rates, etc.) 2,401 1,556 2,475 1,475 1,228 613 1,622 483 528 1,460 1,441 1,189 1,238 693 446 760 504 510
  Environmental matters 958 1,075 1,252 1,077 1,059 1,136 1,158 973 1,007 1,558 1,538 1,719 1,943 1,864 1,823 1,869 1,630 1,602
  Prisoner petitions .. 42,630 42,476 46,452 52,454 56,283 62,597 69,352 64,262 55,120 36,325 35,793 37,259 39,512 45,417 47,382 50,353 50,392 44,905
  Forfeiture and penalty 6,193 5,581 5,492 4,832 3,548 2,670 2,255 2,301 2,431 4,946 4,886 4,967 4,850 3,359 2,399 1,989 1,905 1,959
  Labor laws .. 13,841 14,684 15,800 16,174 15,800 15,030 15,068 15,320 15,039 12,252 12,112 12,778 13,026 12,346 11,829 11,742 12,199 11,807
  Protected property rights 3 5,700 5,231 5,670 6,202 7,051 6,990 6,800 7,511 7,660 5,497 5,448 5,296 5,281 5,963 5,998 6,273 6,765 7,037
  Securities commodities and
   exchanges.. 2,629 2,245 1,998 1,875 1,742 1,870 1,741 1,737 2,166 4,636 4,636 4,555 3,983 3,130 2,969 2,872 2,591 2,998
  Social Security laws 7,439 7,695 8,415 11,602 11,142 10,168 8,517 13,047 13,955 8,068 8,068 8,154 8,304 12,302 11,310 9,153 12,978 14,844
  Tax suits .. 2,604 2,639 2,305 2,267 2,275 2,144 2,078 2,294 1,733 2,850 2,850 2,713 2,255 1,884 1,692 1,646 1,668 1,507
  Freedom of information 407 363 439 425 566 481 465 400 436 451 451 465 498 502 500 496 435 416
 
CHANGE FROM
PREVIOUS YEAR
 
      Cases total 1 -15650 -10189 19205 1667 7434 3017 33648 -7510 -3889 -87 2224 -7530 -21466 2389 6415 19325 15833 9583
 
Contract actions 1 -15936 -3643 8850 -13006 -6252 -369 1794 5445 5347 -5510 -993 -909 -1063 -10828 -2360 -338 4614 790
  Recovery of overpayments 2 -5589 -2946 9543 -10220 -4664 -492 1484 4487 7118 -1242 -491 -23 1332 -4768 -186 1260 1580 2248
Real property actions -1712 290 348 -1707 -968 -186 -1006 -515 -106 89 -110 -1086 86 -1888 -782 -587 -535 20
 
Tort actions .. 1669 -6472 -818 4470 7128 -3556 22518 -14319 -492 4542 5065 -8264 -24586 2038 5148 13489 6427 11823
  Personal injury . 2232 -6586 -860 4262 7325 -3632 22120 -14956 90 4928 5108 -8349 -24468 2314 5151 13298 6067 11960
    Personal injury product
     liability 1 5271 -6280 -1630 5776 7432 -6346 20539 -14876 5031 7096 5355 -8024 -24056 5486 3472 9930 2525 14217
      Asbestos. 5457 -6545 -2469 227 2211 -290 -61 1424 1534 7763 5667 -7631 -24064 -3450 -180 -1487 401 -862
    Other personal injury -3039 -306 770 -1514 -107 2714 1581 -80 -4941 -4120 1705 -325 -412 -3172 1679 3368 -24458 25743
  Personal property damage -563 114 42 208 -197 76 398 637 -582 -386 -43 85 -118 -276 -3 191 360 -137
 
Actions under statutes 1 334 -380 10836 11890 7533 7151 10427 1885 -8635 -1961 1599 2685 4426 13056 4467 4607 7561 -3025
  Civil rights 1 -585 544 4082 3064 5038 4045 4910 2690 -416 -115 -268 218 2468 6794 4241 5033 3551 622
    Employment . -587 -269 2131 1946 3035 2969 3925 1557 97 -3356 3031 -334 1374 4829 3016 3837 2457 428
  Bankruptcy suits -172 -43 230 949 -517 -537 -401 -520 -312 285 -121 142 120 502 -164 -603 -290 -727
  Commerce (ICC rates, etc.) 1062 -845 919 -1000 -247 -615 1009 -1139 45 511 -19 -252 49 -545 -247 314 -256 6
  Environmental matters 20 117 177 -175 -18 77 22 -185 34 163 -20 181 224 -79 -41 46 -239 -28
  Prisoner petitions .. 1149 -154 3976 6002 3829 6314 6755 -5090 -9142 2471 -532 1466 2253 5905 1965 2971 39 -5487
  Forfeiture and penalty 1273 -612 -89 -660 -1284 -878 -415 46 130 771 -60 81 -117 -1491 -960 -410 -84 54
  Labor laws .. 513 843 1116 374 -374 -770 38 252 -281 412 -140 666 248 -680 -517 -87 457 -392
  Protected property rights 3 -277 -469 439 532 849 -61 -190 711 149 -98 -49 -152 -15 682 35 275 492 272
  Securities commodities and
   exchanges.. 21 -384 -247 -123 -133 128 -129 -4 429 75 0 -81 -572 -853 -161 -97 -281 407
  Social Security laws -2767 256 720 3187 -460 -974 -1651 4530 908 -2711 0 86 150 3998 -992 -2157 3825 1866
  Tax suits .. 202 35 -334 -38 8 -131 -66 216 -561 -18 0 -137 -458 -371 -192 -46 22 -161
  Freedom of information 100 -44 76 -14 141 -85 -16 -65 36 66 0 14 33 4 -2 -4 -61 -19
 


| NA Not available.
1 Includes other types not shown separately.
2 Includes enforcement of judgments in student loan cases, and overpayments of veterans benefits.
3 Includes copyright, patent, and trademark rights.

Source: Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Statistical Tables of the Federal Judiciary, annual.

http://www.uscourts.gov/

* District Courts

Most federal cases are initially tried and decided in the U.S. district courts, the federal courts of general trial jurisdiction. There are 94 district courts in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the territories of Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands. A district may itself be divided into divisions and may have several places where the court hears cases. Each district court also has a bankruptcy unit.

For more information, see the Directory of U.S. District Courts.

District Court Judges

With the exception of the three territorial courts, all district court judges are appointed for life by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. Congress authorizes judgeships for each district based in large part on the caseload. In each district, the judge who has served on the court the longest and who is under 65 years of age is designated as the chief judge. The chief judge has administrative duties in addition to a caseload. There are 649 district court judges. See also courts of appeals judges.

Magistrate judges also handle a variety of matters including civil consent cases, misdemeanor trials, preliminary hearings, and pre-trial motions.

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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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