The AOC has released the most recent batch of federal court data, for the year ending in March 31, 2013.
Some Third Circuit highlights:
- the overall reversal rate was 5.4% (rate for all circuits was 6.9%, with the DC & 7th Circuits by far the highest and the 10th & 4th the lowest);
- the reversal rate for private civil cases was almost twice as high as for criminal cases (10.3% vs. 5.3%);
- less than 1% of federal-prisoner-petition appeals resulted in reversal, the lowest rate of any circuit; and
- 3,720 cases were terminated. That’s about 3 cases per judge per week.
Nationally, the total number of cases filed has been dropping since 2006.