January 2, 2013
Federal civil case filings decline 4% in 2012; diversity case filings decline 15%
Chief Justice John Roberts has issued the 2012 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary. The underlying data relied upon has not yet been publicly released.
The Chief Justice reports 278,442 civil case filings in the district courts in FY 2012. This is a 4% decrease from 2011 (in which there were 289,252 civil case filings).
Perhaps more strikingly, "[c]ases involving diversity of citizenship . . . declined 15 percent, mainly because of a drop in multidistrict litigation filings." Given that there were 101,366 diversity filings in 2011, this means that there were approximately 86,161 diversity filings in FY 2012. (The Year-End report does not provide the exact figure.)