The Administrative Office of the United States Courts has released its statistical reports for the federal judiciary for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012. The reports compare data for this year to data for prior years and, when possible, explaining increases or decreases in caseloads. Separate sections of the report address the appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts; the probation and pretrial services system; and other components of the Federal Judiciary. Some of the highlights include:
- Bankruptcy petition filings dropped 14 percent.
- Filings with the United States as plaintiff dropped 18 percent, while filings with the United States as defendant rose 8 percent.
- Filings for criminal defendants, which had set a record high in 2011, fell 9 percent this year.