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The Post Standard
October 14, 2014

Syracuse University researchers find big jump in federal court filings, leading to slower resolutions
By John O'Brien

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The number of new federal court cases has jumped 28 percent across the United States over the past 20 years while the number of judges has risen only 4 percent, according to new data from Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. The result: it takes 63 percent longer, on average, from the time a lawsuit's filed until a trial is scheduled, according to data TRAC released today. The 32-county federal district that includes Central New York is in the middle of the pack among the 92 districts across the country, according to TRAC, which is co-directed by SU professors Susan Long and David Burnham. The Northern District of New York had the 39th busiest caseload, with 268 new civil filings and 51 new criminal filings per judge in the year ending June 30, according to TRAC. TRAC mines data from cases filed with the nearly 1,000 active and senior district court judges across the U.S. TRAC has obtained the data through 20 years of requests under the federal Freedom of Information Act.

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