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Caseloads: Supreme Court of the United States, 1878-2015

October Term
Cases filed[1]
Total cases on docket
Cases disposed
Cases remaining
1878
-
1,138
-
-
1879
-
1,206
-
795
1880
417
1,212
369
843
1881
411
1,254
403
851
1882
434
1,275
390
874
1883
439
1,313
450
848
1884
477
1,325
464
855
1885
493
1,348
444
904
1886
499
1,403
455
948
1887
489
1,437
422
1,015
1888
556
1,571
423
1,148
1889
500
1,648
468
1,180
1890
636
1,816
617
1,199
1891
383
1,582
503
1,079
1892
290
1,369
430
941
1893
280
1,214
503
721
1894
341
1,062
415
647
1895
386
1,033
494
539
1896
295
834
447
387
1897
302
689
373
316
1898
523
839
531
308
1899
384
692
375
317
1900
406
723
377
346
1901
386
732
377
355
1902
391
746
427
319
1903
430
749
454
295
1904
403
698
406
292
1905
502
794
477
317
1906
484
801
449
352
1907
480
832
403
429
1908
494
923
437
486
1909
514
1,000
400
600
1910
516
1,116
466
650
1911
532
1,182
502
680
1912
521
1,201
585
616
1913
526
1,142
597
545
1914
530
1,075
539
536
1915
557
1,093
551
542
1916
658
1,200
645
555
1917
590
1,145
626
519
1918
593
1,112
680
432
1919
580
1,019
609
410
1920
565
975
608
367
1921
673
1,040
603
437
1922
720
1,157
765
392
1923
731
1,123
661
462
1924
854
1,316
761
555
1925
754
1,309
858
451
1926
732
1,183
888
295
1927
754
1,044
859
190
1928
778
968
828
143
1929
841
984
794
190
1930
849
1,040
901
139
1931
884
1,023
884
139
1932
898
1,037
910
127
1933
1,005
1,132
1,029
103
1934
937
1,040
931
109
1935
983
1,092
990
102
1936
950
1,052
942
110
1937
980
1,090
1,012
78
1938
942
1,020
923
97
1939
981
1,078
946
132
1940
977
1,109
985
124
1941
1,178
1,302
1,168
134
1942
984
1,118
997
121
1943
997
1,118
962
156
1944
1,237
1,393
1,249
144
1945
1,185
1,329
1,161
168
1946
1,356
1,524
1,366
158
1947
1,312
1,470
1,339
131
1948
1,474
1,605
1,434
171
1949
1,277
1,448
1,308
140
1950
1,195
1,335
1,216
119
1951
1,249
1,368
1,222
146
1952
1,291
1,437
1,286
151
1953
1,312
1,463
1,303
160
1954
1,406
1,566
1,361
205
1955
1,651
1,856
1,637
219
1956
1,833
2,052
1,701
351
1957
1,657
2,008
1,783
225
1958
1,837
2,062
1,781
281
1959
1,897
2,178
1,822
356
1960
1,957
2,313
1,928
385
1961
2,200
2,585
2,157
428
1962
2,396
2,824
2,350
474
1963
2,305
2,779
2,412
367
1964
2,295
2,662
2,180
482
1965
2,802
3,284
2,693
591
1966
2,765
3,356
2,903
453
1967
3,133
3,586
2,973
613
1968
3,305
3,918
3,151
767
1969
3,435
4,202
3,409
793
1970
3,419
4,212
3,422
890 a
1971
3,643
4,533
3,645
891 a
1972
3,749
4,640
3,572
892 a
1973
4,187
5,079
3,876
1,203
1974
3,417
4,620
3,799
822 a
1975
3,939
4,761
3,806
857 a
1976
3,873
4,730
3,918
812
1977
3,890
4,704
3,867
838 a
1978
3,893
4,731
3,939
796 a
1979
3,985
4,781
3,811
970
1980
4,174
5,144
4,255
889
1981
4,422
5,311
4,433
878
1982
4,201
5,079
4,201
878
1983
4,222
5,100
4,140
959 a
1984
4,047
5,006
4,261
745
1985
4,413
5,158
4,275
883
1986
4,240
5,123
4,349
775 a
1987
4,493
5,268
4,387
882 a
1988
4,775
5,657
4,830
828 a
1989
5,918
5,746
4,932
814
1990
5,502
6,516
5,412
904
1991
5,866
6,770
5,828
942
1992
6,303
7,245
6,366
889
1993
6,897
7,786
6,682
1,104
1994
6,996
8,100
7,132
968
1995
6,597
7,565
6,597
968
1996
6,686
7,602
6,691
911
1997
6,781
7,692
6,718
974
1998
7,109
8,083
7,015
1,068
1999
7,337
8,445
7,332
1,113
2000
7,852
8,965
7,713
1,252
2001
7,924
9,176
8,025
1,151
2002
8,255
9,406
8,337
1,068 a
2003
7,814
8,882
7,790
1,092
2004
7,496
8,588
7,501
1,087
2005
8,521
9,608
8,209
1,399
2006
8,857
10,256
8,895
1,361
2007
8,241
9,602
8,374
1,228
2008
7,738
8,966
7,822
1,143
2009
8,159
9,302
8,093
1,209
2010
7,857
9,066
7,827
1,239
2011
7,713
8,952
7,655
1,297
2012
7,509
8,806
7,602
1,204
2013
7,376
8,580
7,547
1,033
2014
7,033
8,066
7,006
1,060
2015
6,475
7,535
6,506
1,029
Notation:
a: revised total presented in subsequent year's report
Note:
[1] While the term begins in October of the year listed, the cases filed include cases docketed after the adjournment of the preceding term.
Sources:
1878-1940: Annual Report of the Attorney General of the United States , text of the report.
1941-2015: Journal of the Supreme Court of the United States , except Cases Filed, 1941-1944: Annual Report of the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts , Table A-1. Cases filed for 1945-1969 have been calculated based on the cases remaining from the previous term and the total number on the docket.