Now as then, the Judicial Branch continues to consume a minuscule portion of the federal budget. In fiscal year 2012, the Judiciary, including the Supreme Court, other federal courts, the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, and the Federal Judicial Center, received a total appropriation of $6.97 billion. That represented a mere two-tenths of one percent of the United States’ total budget of $3.7 trillion. Yes, for each citizen’s tax dollar, only two-tenths of one penny go toward funding the entire third branch of government![/break1]supremecourt.gov/publicinfo/year-end/2012year-endreport.pdf]http://www.supremecourt.gov/publicinfo/ ... report.pdf
Hmm. No mention of thanking Congress for all those additional judgeships the Chief Justice requested last year.
In 2013, caseloads increased in the U.S. district courts, remained relatively stable in the probation offices, and decreased in the U.S. appellate courts, bankruptcy courts, and pretrial services system. Total filings for civil cases and criminal defendants in the district courts grew one percent to 375,870.
Filings in the regional courts of appeals declined two percent to 56,475. The total number of cases filed in the Supreme Court decreased from 7,713 filings in the 2011 Term to 7,509 filings in the 2012 Term, a decrease of 2.6 percent. The number of cases filed in the Court’s in forma pauperis docket decreased from 6,160 filings in the 2011 Term to 6,005 filings in the 2012 Term, a 2.5 percent decrease. The number of cases filed in the Court’s paid docket decreased from 1,553 filings in the 2011 Term to 1,504 filings in the 2012 Term, a 3.2 percent decrease.[/break1]supremecourt.gov/publicinfo/year-end/2013year-endreport.pdf]http://www.supremecourt.gov/publicinfo/ ... report.pdf
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