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Workload of the Courts
In 2010, nearly all major areas of the federal Judiciary had larger caseloads. Filings of bankruptcy petitions climbed 14 percent to nearly 1.6 million. Filings in the U.S. district courts grew 2 percent to 361,323 in response to a 2 percent increase in civil case filings (totaling 282,895) and criminal case filings (totaling 78,428). The number of persons under post-conviction supervision rose 2.5 percent to 127,324. Cases opened in the pretrial services system increased 6 percent to 111,507. Only the federal courts of appeals experienced a reduced caseload this year with 55,992 filings, a decrease of 3 percent.