This is another post in an ongoing series analyzing statistical trends at the Court. For a more complete look at the statistics that we collect on the Court, you can find all of our up-to-date charts and graphs here.
The Court has now finished granting petitions for the October Term 2012, and it is more than halfway finished with oral arguments for the Term. Trends are beginning to emerge in the merits docket, and the Court has followed a remarkably steady pace of opinions. All of this means it is now time to release the first edition of SCOTUSblog’s October Term 2012 Stat Pack. You can download it here.
This edition of the Stat Pack features the following charts:
The Stat Pack reveals several interesting trends, some of which are discussed below.
The Court’s Workload: The Court kept well below its normal pace of grants for much of the Term, but picked up the pace in January to finish near the contemporary norm. The Court has granted 76 petitions for review during OT12, the same number of petitions it had granted at this point last year. From OT03 to OT11, the Court averaged 76.2 petitions granted by the end of January. Notably, the Court is not scheduled to hear oral argument or release a signed merits opinion in any original cases during OT12.
Individually, Latham & Watkins partner Gregory Garre leads the private bar with four appearances between October 2012 and January 2013. Jeffrey Fisher, David Frederick, and Tom Goldstein follow with three arguments each. Each of the four non-governmental advocates with three or more arguments is a well-known commodity before the Court; each has argued at least twenty times in his career.