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Caseloads: Supreme Court of the United States, Method of Disposition, 1970-2015

October term
Cases argued during term
Disposed by full opinion
Disposed by per curiam opinion
Set for re-argument next term
Petitions for certiorari and appeals granted plenary review
Reviewed and decided without oral argument
Total available for argument at next term
1970
151
126
22
3
161
192
107
1971
177
143
24
9
163
286
99
1972
177
159
18
0
154
265
76
1973
170
161
8
1
183
188
89
1974
173
142
20
11
176
157
100
1975
179
160
16
3
172
186
99
1976
176
154
22
0
169
207
88
1977
172
153
8
9
162
129
75
1978
168
153
8
8
163
110
79
1979
156
143
12
1
154
124
79
1980
154
144
8
2
162
130
102
1981
184
169
10
4
210
134
126
1982
183
174
6
3
179
135
113
1983
184
174
6
4
149
86
80
1984
175
159
11
5
185
82
87
1985
171
161
10
1
187
103
101
1986
175
164
10
1
167
113
91
1987
167
151
9
7
180
95
105
1988
170
156
12
2
147
110
81
1989
146
143
3
0
122
80
57
1990
125
121
4
0
141
115
70
1991
127
120
4
4
120
77
66
1992
116
111
5
0
97
113
46
1993
99
93
6
0
99
70
40
1994
94
91
3
0
93
69
39
1995
90
87
3
0
105
120
52
1996
90
87
3
0
87
82
48
1997
96
93
1
0
90
51
41
1998
90
84
4
2
81
59
30
1999
83
79
2
1
92
54
37
2000
86
83
4
0
99
127
49
2001
88
85
3
0
88
72
47
2002
84
79
5
0
91
66
40
2003
91
89
2
0
87
52
47
2004
87
85
2
0
80
826
41
2005
90
82
5
3
78
105
31
2006
78
74
4
0
77
280
28
2007
75
72
2
0
85
208
47
2008
87
83
3
1
87
95
47
2009
82
77
4
0
77
95
40
2010
86
83
3
0
90
84
43
2011
79
73
5
1
66
137
31
2012
77
76
1
0
93
88
45
2013
79
77
2
0
76
72
40
2014
75
75
0
0
71
112
33
2015
82
70
12
0
81
140
31
Sources:
1970-1975: Journal of the Supreme Court of the United States .
1976-2015: Annual Report of the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts , Table A-1.