Interested in knowing which part of the country has the most civil rights cases? The federal judiciary has the answer.
The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has released its semi-annual report on the caseloads of the federal courts, including district, circuit and bankruptcy courts. The report, available here, includes detailed information on the types of cases filed in the year ending June 30, 2010.
For example, according to one chart (PDF), the federal government was a party to 1,801 civil rights cases begun during those 12 months. The District of Columbia saw the most of any judicial district, with 192 cases. The Central District of California was next, with 80.
At least some of the statistics, such as the number of cases filed, have been available from the judiciary elsewhere on its Web site. For example, the number of appeals filed in the circuit courts fell 5.6% from the previous 12-month period.