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Dec 21, 2011
Judicial Council Releases Annual Court Statistics Report
Trial Court Caseload Remains Over 10 Million Filings
San Francisco— Statewide filings in the California superior courts remained over 10 million for the second consecutive year, resulting in a slight decrease from last year but still a 20 percent increase over the past decade, according to the Judicial Council's 2011 Court Statistics Report (CSR).
The CSR provides detailed statewide caseload data for fiscal year 2009–2010 and 10-year trend data on a wide range of court business in the Supreme Court of California, the Courts of Appeal, and the superior courts in the state's 58 counties. Comprehensive county-level data for the most recent fiscal year are published in the online version of the report, along with a summary of the major filings trends, on the California Courts Web site.
Article VI, section 6 of the California Constitution requires the Judicial Council to survey the condition of business in the state courts and to report and make recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature.
A snapshot of the court caseload data in the CSR follows.
Courts of Appeal
Superior court case filings across all case categories totaled 10,074,941, and dispositions totaled 8,782,281. Within these aggregate numbers, the following totals were recorded:
* Since 1996, the California Supreme Court has issued workload statistics using a reporting period of September 1 through August 31 of the following year. This time frame best corresponds to the filing of the Supreme Court's opinions. To view the court's September 1, 2010–August 31, 2011 annual statistics, please see http://www.courts.ca.gov/15366.htm.