U.S. Supreme Court: Everything's Down But The Budget
It is particularly surprising that criminal filings are down despite a raging Fentanyl epidemic and record high levels of illegal immigration. Why?
If the federal judiciary was a business, instead of a branch of the U.S. government, its leaders might be concerned.
Business is way down, along with trust and faith in the federal judiciary by the American public.
In a recent press release, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts vaguely blames the COVID-19 pandemic for caseload declines but, arguably, the “crisis” was largely over in Fiscal Year 2022, which ended March 31, 2022. After initially closing their doors in 2020, federal courts supposedly were operating at full capacity.
Moreover, federal caseload had already dropped precipitously in 2020 compared to 2019, the last full year prior to the pandemic, so the 2022 decline came on top of earlier declines.
Most suprising? Criminal filings by federal prosecutors declined in 2022 despite a raging fentanyl epidemic that is killing 150 Americans every day.
In any case, the 2022 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary shows: