42 Third Branch 1 (2010)

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Newsletter
of the
Federal
Courts

Number I
January 2010.- Special Issue

2000 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary

Chief justice Warren Burger began the tradition of a
yearly report on the federal Judiciary in 1970, in remarks
he presented to the American Bar Association. He insti-
tuted that practice to discuss the problems that federal
courts face in administering justice. In the past few years,
I have adhered to the tradition that Chief Justice Burger
initiated and have
provided my perspec-
tive on the most critical
needs of the Judiciary.
Many of those needs
remain to be addressed.
This year, however,
when the political
branches are faced with
so many difficult issues,
and when so many of
our fellow citizens have
been touched by hard--
ship, the public might-
welcome a year-end
report limited to what    Chief Justice John C . Roberts, Jr.
is essential: The courts
are operating soundly, and the nation's dedicated federal
judges are conscientiously discharging their duties. I
am privileged and honored to be in a position to thank
the judges and court staff throughout the land for their
devoted service to the cause of justice.
Best wishes in the New Year.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.

Worload of the Courts
The Supreme Court of the United States
The total number of cases filed in the Supreme Court
decreased from 8,241 filings in the 2007 Term to 7,738
filings in the 2008 Term-a decrease of 6.1 percent. The
number of cases filed in the Court's in forma pauperis
docket decreased from 6,627 filings in the 2007 Term to
6,142 filings in the 2008 Term-a 7.3 percent decrease.
The number of cases filed in the Court's paid docket
decreased from 1,614 filings in the 2007 Term to 1,596
filings in the 2008 Term-a 1.1 percent decrease. During
the 2008 Term, 87 cases were argued and 83 were
disposed of in 74 signed opinions, compared to 75 cases
argued and 72 disposed of in 67 signed opinions in the
2007 Term. One case from the 2008 Term was reargued
later that Term.
The Federal Courts ofAp peals
In 2009, filings in the regional courts of appeals
declined 6 percent to 57,740. Filings of criminal
appeals, bankruptcy appeals, and original proceedings
rose, but reductions occurred in filings of civil appeals
and appeals of administrative agency decisions.
Overall, the decline stemmed mainly from a drop in
administrative agency appeals involving the Board
of Immigration Appeals.
The Federal District Courts
Civil filings in the U.S. district courts rose 3 percent,
increasing by 9,140 cases to 276,397. Filings of diversity-
of-citizenship cases and cases involving federal questions
(i.e., actions under the Constitution, laws, or treaties of the
United States in which the United States is not a party in

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