FAQs - Statistics


  • How many cases are filed with this court?

    The court receives about 5,000 new cases each year. More information about the court's caseload can be found here: Statistics

  • How many cases does the court schedule for oral argument?

    The Court hears oral argument in about 450 cases each year.

  • How often does the court grant panel rehearing?
    Under Local Rule 40(b), a petition for panel rehearing must contain an introduction stating that one or more of the following exist: (1) a factual or legal matter was overlooked in the decision; (2) a change in the law occurred after the case was submitted and was overlooked by the panel; (3) the decision conflicts with a decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Fourth Circuit, or another circuit court and the conflict is not addressed in the panel's decision, or (4) the proceeding involves a question of exceptional importance. The court may decide the case with or without oral argument.  The Court grants panel rehearing in approximately 1.1% of the cases in which it is requested.
  • How often does the Court grant rehearing en banc?

    Under Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 35(b), a petition for rehearing en banc must begin with a statement that either (1) the panel decision conflicts with a decision of the U.S. Supreme Court or the Fourth Circuit; or (2) the proceeding involves a question of exceptional importance (for example it conflicts with authoritative decisions of other circuits). The Court grants rehearing en banc in approximately 0.3% of the cases in which it is requested.

  • What percentage of opinions does the court publish?

    The court publishes opinions in about 50% of cases heard at oral argument. The court issues unpublished opinions in all cases submitted on the briefs. Overall, approximately 89% of the court's opinions are unpublished.