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Federal Caseloads Grew in 2008

The number of cases in the district courts, courts of appeal, and bankruptcy courts in the the federal court system grew in fiscal year 2008, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. The number of appeals filed in the regional courts of appeals rose by 5 percent, to 61,104 filings in the fiscal year ending last September 30.

Both civil and criminal filings in the U.S. district courts rose. Civil filings increased by 4 percent, to 267,257 cases. Criminal cases filed rose by 4 percent, to 70,896.

Bankruptcy courts experienced the largest increase in caseloads. New filings rose by 30 percent, to 1,042,993 cases.