Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on LinkedIn

The United States Supreme Court recently issued its 2021 year-end report on the federal judiciary. While federal filings fell across the board, appellate filings experienced a notable decline. Continuing its downward trend over the last five years, the number of federal appellate filings decreased 8% from 48,190 in 2020 to 44,546 in 2021. This is a 13% drop from 2017. Pro se appeals, which accounted for 48% of filings, fell 9%. Civil appeals decreased 9% to 23,256. The only increase was criminal appeals, which rose 10% to 10,625.

About the Author
Christopher Keleher clerked for the Hon. William J. Bauer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  This unique opportunity provided Mr. Keleher with an invaluable understanding of the inner workings of an appellate court.  He saw what persuades judges and what does not, and utilizes this knowledge every time he writes an appellate brief. The Keleher Appellate Law Group handles all phases of appellate litigation in federal and state courts across the country. Read more here.