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Workload of the Courts
In 2011, caseloads increased in the U.S. district courts and in the probation and pretrial services offices, but decreased in the U.S. appellate and bankruptcy courts. Total case filings in the district courts grew 2 percent to 367,692. The number of persons under post-conviction supervision rose 2 percent to 129,780. Cases opened in the pretrial services system also went up 2 percent, reaching 113,875. In the U.S. courts of appeals, though, filings dropped 1.5 percent to 55,126. Filings in the U.S. bankruptcy courts, which had climbed 14 percent in 2010, declined 8 percent this year to just below 1.5 million petitions.