History of the Federal Judiciary


History of the Federal Judiciary


  Bankruptcy Cases
   
   U.S. District Courts, 1899–1978    
   U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, 1979–2015
Year (ending)
Filed
Concluded
Pending
18991
22,446a
-
1900
21,938a
-
1901
19,007a
-
19022
18,482a
-
1903
16,875a
-
1904
17,082a
-
1905
16,946a
-
19063
12,972a
-
1907
14,160a
-
 17,251b
19084
16,838a
11,864
22,840b
1909
18,018
13,054
25,299b
1910
18,053
15,645
25,302b
1911
19,338
15,038
29,6025
1912
19,745
15,615
33,264b
1913
20,930
18,789
35,073b
1914
22,959
20,083
38,344b
1915
27,632
22,461
43,492b
1916
27,368
25,172
45,818b
1917
24,838
25,358
40,747b
1918
20,385
23,530
37,300b
1919
14,048
19,351
31,792b
1920
13,558
15,622
29,729b
1921
22,812
15,200
35,590b
1922
38,165
22,517
51,250b
1923
41,304
34,401
57,338b
1924
43,519
41,649
58,758b
1925
45,641
44,440
59,850b
1926
46,374
47,307
58,943b
1927
48,758
48,269
59,398b
1928
53,064
53,592
58,556b
1929
57,289
57,039
59,113b
1930
62,845
60,548
61,410
1931
65,335
60,322
66,423
1932
70,049
63,502
72,970
1933
62,256
67,031
67,946b
1934
58,888
59,070
63,352
1935
69,158
67,158
65,290b
1936
60,624
63,387
59,843b
1937
57,485
62,885
54,271b
1938
57,306
57,303
54,277
1939
50,997
52,102
53,172
1940
52,577
51,0096
54,494b
1941
56,335
55,069
56,506
1942
52,109
55,185
52,945
1943
34,711
48,405
39,897
1944
19,533
31,187
28,243
1945
12,862
19,644
21,461
1946
10,196
14,269
17,388
1947
13,170
13,262
17,296
1948
18,510
10,742
25,064
1949
26,021
20,519
30,566
1950
33,392
25,582
38,376
1951
35,193
32,647
40,922
1952
34,873
39,611
36,184
1953
40,087
37,485
38,786
1954
53,136
43,494
48,428
1955
59,404
52,240
55,592
1956
62,086
58,314
59,364
1957
73,761
64,666
68,459
1958
91,668
79,681
80,446
1959
100,672
96,845
84,273
1960
110,034
99,317
94,990
1961
146,643
117,943
123,690
1962
147,780
137,709
133,761
1963
155,493
141,440
147,814
1964
171,719
162,356
157,166b
1965
180,323
175,117
162,372
1966
192,354
186,219
168,507
1967
208,329
192,254
184,606b
1968
197,811
197,947
184,470
1969
184,930
190,742
178,658
1970
194,399
182,430
190,627
1971
201,352
190,609
201,370
1972
182,869
187,714
196,525
1973
173,197
180,467
189,255
1974
189,513
178,177
200,591
1975
254,484
192,792
262,283
1976
246,549
237,793
271,039
1977
214,399
231,509
253,929
1978
202,951
215,872b
241,008b
1979
226,476
209,316
258,168
19807
277,881
162,509
163,176
19818
360,329
181,907
361,664
1982
367,866
268,243
461,287
1983
374,734
298,715
537,306
19849
344,275
304,014
577,567
1985
364,536
333,158
608,945
1986
477,856
358,224
728,577
1987
561,278
481,351
808,504
1988
594,567
587,574
814,195b
1989
642,993
577,848
869,758b
1990
725,484
620,649
961,919b
1991
880,399
718,885
1,123,433
199110
918,988
751,992
1,147,765
1992
977,478
900,719
1,220,102b
1993
897,231
958,408
1,152,824b
1994
837,797
869,771
1,110,428b
1995
883,457
892,796
1,086,453b
1996
1,111,964
1,005,025
1,189,213b
1997
1,367,364
1,223,967
1,326,136b
1998
1,436,964
1,377,206
1,384,179b
1999
1,354,376
1,356,026
1,377,985b
2000
1,262,102
1,256,874
1,378,139b
2001
1,437,354
1,301,016
1,512,438b
2002
1,547,669
1,445,101
1,618,262b
2003
1,661,996
1,568,087
1,710,428b
2004
1,618,987
1,671,177
1,658,081b
2005
1,782,643
1,581,287
1,855,841b
2006
1,112,542
1,619,142
1,361,335b
2007
801,269
864,588
1,275,841b
2008
1,042,806b
975,296
1,350,175b
2009
1,402,816
1,197,649
1,555,129b
2010
1,596,355
1,496,732
1,659,086b
2011
1,467,221
1,461,896
1,667,247b
2012
1,261,140
1,304,429
1,624,606b
2013
1,107,699
1,197,918
1,534,261b
2014
963,739
1,099,666
1,401,593b
2015
860,182
989,872
1,271,865

a: total of reported voluntary and involuntary petitions
b: revised totals presented in the subsequent year’s report

Notes:
1. Statistical year was October 1–September 30.
2. No report submitted by the District of Wyoming. District of New Jersey reported only for first six months of the year.
3. Statistical year changed to July 1–June 30.
4. Statistics are included in two places in the Attorney General report for 1908. In Exhibit 7, which is a consolidated statement of business in the circuit and district courts, and in Exhibit 4 of the section on bankruptcy proceedings. These totals are taken from Exhibit 7.
5. The 1912 report shows a total of 11,613 pending from 1911, but the 1911 report is likely correct and is used here.
6. Total of cases “Concluded under Bankruptcy Act” and cases reported separately as dismissed, adjudicated, amended, transferred, and consolidated.
7. Cases this year are combined from two tables. Table F-1 reported cases commenced under the old bankruptcy system. Table F1BC reported cases commenced under the new Bankruptcy Code adopted in 1978.
8. Total for the years 1981–83 is equal to “Act Cases” and “Code Cases,” excluding joint petitions.
9. Table F-1 excludes joint petitions and ceases including cases reopened under the old bankruptcy act. Total includes only cases commenced under the bankruptcy code.
10. In 1992, the statistical year was shifted to coincide with the fiscal year, which ended on September 30. The statistics for the 12-month period ending September 30, 1991 was included in the 1992 report and are reported here.

Sources:
1899–1902: Annual Report of the Attorney General, Exhibit U, Table 1.
1903–1904: Annual Report of the Attorney General, Exhibit 9, Table A.
1905–1907: Annual Report of the Attorney General, Exhibit 4, Table A.
1908–1909: Annual Report of the Attorney General, Exhibit 7.
1910–1912: Annual Report of the Attorney General, Appendix 1.
1913: Annual Report of the Attorney General, Appendix 2.
1914–1922: Annual Report of the Attorney General, Exhibit 2.
1923–1939: Annual Report of the Attorney General, Exhibit 3, Table 3A.
1940: Annual Report of the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Table 21.
1941: Annual Report of the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Table 18.
1942–43: Annual Report of the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Table 12.
1944: Annual Report of the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Table 13.
1945–1987: Annual Report of the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Table F-1.
1988–2015: Annual Report of the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Table F.

 

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