The Indiana Court of Appeals in 2013 received and decided fewer cases than in any of the five prior years, according to the court’s annual report released Tuesday.
A total of 3,931 cases were filed with the appellate court last calendar year and judges decided 3,362, according to the report. Those figures represent a decline of 5.5 percent in filings and 4.2 percent in dispositions.
The statistics continue a trend of recent years. Filings last year were 10.4 percent fewer than the recent peak year of 2010. Likewise, there were nearly 15 percent fewer dispositions last year than in the peak year of 2011.
The decline is most significant for criminal appeals. Last year’s number of criminal appeals filed was 13.5 percent lower than the recent peak year of 2008.