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May 20, 2011
2010 Report Shows Continued Decrease in New Cases Filed in Ohio Courts

A year after seeing a 10-year low in the total number of new cases filed in Ohio courts, that number dropped even further in 2010 according to the annual Ohio Courts Statistical Summary. These results and others are contained in the 2010 report released today by the Supreme Court of Ohio.

As was the case in 2009, total new traffic filings in municipal and county courts remained the primary contributor for the overall decline, as this category also bottomed out at a 10-year statistical low. Compared to 2009, new traffic cases filed in municipal and county courts decreased by 4 percent in 2010 and by 20 percent since 2001.

In examining data from Ohio courts over the last 10 years, the Supreme Court analyzes data from the report and identifies trends. The companion publication – the Ohio Courts Statistical Reportincludes raw statistical tables of activity in Ohio’s courts from trial courts to appellate courts including statistics about caseloads, case terminations and clearance rates from the previous year. (Mayor’s courts’ statistics are published in a separate report, which will be released later this year.)

Taking all courts combined, 2,830,264 new cases were filed in 2010, which was a 5 percent decrease over 2009. With traffic cases in municipal and county courts constituting 43 percent of all new filings across all courts, the number of new filings in this category dipped to 1,205,036 in 2010.

Ten-year lows were also realized in all criminal and traffic categories in municipal and county courts, including the number of operating a vehicle while intoxicated cases, and in some civil categories such as small claims cases.

Information contained in the reports is provided to the Supreme Court on a monthly basis by all courts except for courts of appeals and probate courts, which provide statistics on a quarterly basis.

By analyzing case filing patterns and trends, the Supreme Court attempts to assist in the efficient administration of justice at all levels of the judiciary. The Court does not examine or analyze larger social and governmental trends that may contribute to or influence changes in case filing volumes.

Contact: Chris Davey or Bret Crow at 614.387.9250.