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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Ind. Courts - Court of Appeals' Caseload Continues Decline in 2013

Commentary by Joel Schumm, professor at Indiana University's Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Updating this December 20 entry, the Court of Appeals issued 71 opinions in the final five days of 2013.

Indiana Court of Appeals Opinions Issued in the Final Five Business Days of the Year
Year Final Day Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Total Opinions
FP / NFP FP / NFP FP / NFP FP / NFP FP / NFP FP / NFP - Total
2013 5 / 30 0 / 5 2 / 13 0 / 7 3 / 6 10 / 61 - 71
2012 3 / 21 3 / 13 3 / 5 0 / 13 2 / 4 11 / 56 - 67
2011 8 / 24 5 / 17 2 / 17 0 / 9 1 / 19 16 / 86 - 102
2010 7 / 18 6 / 11 2 / 5 2 / 15 5 / 14 22 / 63 -- 85
2009 7 / 17 6 / 17 7 / 15 0 / 9 1 / 4 21 / 62 - 83
2008 7 / 16 5 / 12 5 / 8 1 / 7 5 / 9 23 / 52 - 75
2007 9 / 19 13 / 21 5 / 12 4 / 15 4 / 5 35 / 72 - 107

The total for the year appears to be 2103, which would be the lowest in several years and a continuation of the steady decline shown in a May 10th post highlighting the Court of Appeals’ 2012 Report. Here is that table updated with the 2013 total (breakdowns are not yet available):

Indiana Court of Appeals Majority Opinions, 2008 - 2013
Year Criminal/PCR Civil Expedited/Other Total
2013 NA NA NA 2103
2012 1271 594 278 2143
2011 1408 654 335 2397
2010 1411 610 583 2375
2009 1613 583 373 2569
2008 1700 716 323 2739

The Court of Appeals' annual report will provide the official numbers and a variety of other important statistics and information. I suspect the number of filings has continued to decline, and the Court had maintained its quickest-in-the-nation reputation for deciding cases. The Winston Wood v. State opinion, issued today nearly nine months after its arrival at the Court, is an exception to Indiana's one-month average.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 31, 2013 02:29 PM
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