How many petitions for writ of certiorari does the US Supreme Court receive each year?

The US Supreme Court received 7,738 petitions for Writ of Certiorari (requests for case review) in 2008 (the most recent year for which statistics are available). This represents about a 20% increase over the number of cases submitted a decade earlier, and 234% more than the 2,313 the Court received in 1960.

According to Court literature, the justices hear oral arguments for approximately 100 cases per Term, and issue full opinions for 75-85 of those. They write orders for another 50-60 cases reviewed without argument.

The Supreme Court estimates the justices generate approximately 5,000 pages of written opinions each Term.

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