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Caseloads: U.S. Courts of Appeals, 1892-2017

Year(ending)[1]
Commenced
Terminated
Pending
1892[2]
841
403
438
1893
704
542
431
1894
766
684
510
1895
866
870
510
1896
815
824
501
1897
775
729
547
1898
806
833
521
1899
907
856
572
1900
952
917
607
1901
901
937
571
1902
1,003
907
667
1903
965
1,001
631
1904
1,021
1,009
635 a
1905
1,126
1,036
725
1906
1,235
1,149
811
1907
1,193
1,243
761
1908
1,277
1,209
833
1909
1,283
1,254
873 a
1910
1,448
1,314
1,007
1911
1,245
1,388
864
1912
1,241
1,219
881
1913
1,262
1,319
824
1914
1,380
1,243
961
1915
1,452
1,482
931
1916
1,518
1,459
990
1917
1,447
1,487
950
1918
1,320
1,477
793
1919
1,324
1,338
779
1920
1,308
1,242
845
1921
1,471
1,372
944
1922
1,621
1,587
978
1923
1,704
1,731
951
1924
2,131
1,898
1,184
1925
2,156
2,175
1,165
1926
2,278
2,208
1,235
1927
2,212
2,293
1,154
1928
2,204
2,159
1,199
1929
2,501
2,296
1,404
1930
2,549
2,646
1,307
1931
2,649
2,710
1,246
1932
2,950
2,838
1,358
1933
2,771
2,824
1,305
1934
3,076
2,886
1,612 a
1935
3,514
3,452
1,674
1936
3,521
3,526
1,669
1937
3,231
3,215
1,685
1938
3,218
3,113
1,790
1939
3,318
3,442
1,665
1940
3,446
3,434
1,678
1941
3,213
3,448
1,443
1942
3,228
2,999
1,714
1943
3,093
3,197
1,610
1944
3,072
3,039
1,643
1945
2,730
2,848
1,525
1946
2,627
2,621
1,531
1947
2,615
2,654
1,492
1948
2,758
2,577
1,673
1949
2,989
2,753
1,909
1950
2,830
3,064
1,675
1951
2,982
2,829
1,828
1952
3,079
3,048
1,859
1953
3,226
3,043
1,845
1954
3,481
3,192
2,134
1955
3,695
3,654
2,175
1956
3,588
3,734
2,029
1957
3,701
3,687
2,043
1958
3,694
3,704
2,033
1959
3,754
3,753
2,034
1960
3,899
3,713
2,220
1961
4,204
4,049
2,375
1962
4,823
4,167
3,031
1963
5,437
5,011
3,457
1964
6,023
5,700
3,780
1965
6,766
5,771
4,775
1966
7,183
6,571
5,387
1967
7,903
7,527
5,763
1968
9,116
8,264
6,615
1969
10,248
9,014
7,849
1970
11,662
10,699
8,812
1971
12,788
12,368
9,232
1972
14,535
13,828
9,939
1973
15,629
15,112
10,456
1974
16,436
15,422
11,470
1975
16,658
16,000
12,128
1976
18,408
16,426
14,110
1977
19,118
17,784
15,444
1978
18,918
17,714
16,648
1979
20,219
18,928
17,939
1980
23,200
20,887
20,252
1981
26,362
25,066
21,548
1982
27,946
27,984
21,510
1983
29,630
28,660
22,480
1984
31,490
31,185
22,785
1985
33,360
31,387
24,758
1986
34,292
33,774
25,276
1987
35,176
34,444
26,008
1988
37,524
35,888
27,644
1989
39,734
37,372
30,018 a
1990
40,898
38,520
32,008 a
1991
42,033
41,414
32,627
1991[3]
43,027
41,640
33,428
1992[4]
47,013
44,373
35,799 a
1993
50,224
47,790
38,156 a
1994
48,322
49,184
37,269 a
1995
50,072
49,805
37,310 a
1996
51,991
50,413
38,774 a
1997
52,319
51,194
39,846 a
1998
53,805
52,002
41,666 a
1999
54,693
54,088
42,225 a
2000
54,697
56,512
40,261 a
2001
57,464
57,422
39,996 a
2002
57,555
56,586
40,149 a
2003
60,847
56,396
44,690 a
2004
62,762
56,381
51,226 a
2005
68,473
61,975
57,450 a
2006
66,618
67,582
56,178 a
2007
58,410
62,846
51,063 a
2008
61,104
59,096
53,332 a
2009
57,740
60,508
49,885 a
2010
55,992
59,526
45,864 a
2011
55,126
57,357
43,614 a
2012
57,501
57,570
43,588 a
2013
56,475
58,393
41,979 a
2014
54,988
55,216
41,323 a
2015
52,698
53,213
40,662 a
2016
60,357
57,744
43,275
2017
50,506
54,347
39,400
Notation:
a: revised total presented in the subsequent year's report
Notes:
[1] Prior to 1935, does not include the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia. Also does not include the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit after its creation in 1982.
[2] Statistical year from July 1-June 30.
[3] Beginning in 1992, the statistical year was shifted to coincide with the fiscal year, which ended on September 30. The 1992 report included statistics for the 12-month period ending September 30, 1991, which are included here.
[4] Statistical year changed to October 1-September 30.
Sources:
1891-1902: Annual Report of the Attorney General , Exhibit 1.
1903-1904: Annual Report of the Attorney General , Exhibit 10.
1905-1908: Annual Report of the Attorney General , Exhibit 5.
1909: Annual Report of the Attorney General , Exhibit 11.
1910-1912: Annual Report of the Attorney General , Appendix 4.
1913: Annual Report of the Attorney General , Appendix 1.
1914-1939: Annual Report of the Attorney General , Exhibit 1.
1940-1944: Annual Report of the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts , Table 1.
1945-1991: Annual Report of the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts , Table B-1.
1992-2016: Annual Report of the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts , Table B.