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Individuals filing for bankruptcy in 2013 reported fewer assets, lower total liabilities, and lower median income when compared to filers in the preceding year, according to a report recently filed by the federal Judiciary with Congress. The report also found that in 2013 a greater proportion of debtors were repeat filers.

The number of federal and state wiretaps authorized in 2013 increased 5 percent over 2012, with telephone wiretaps the most common form of surveillance. As of December 31, 2013, 709 persons had been convicted as a result of authorized interceptions, up 56 percent from 2012.

Civil rights-related filings in the federal courts began to climb soon after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law, jumping from 709 cases in 1964 to 1,123 cases by 1965.

Over the last two years, filings of patent cases in federal courts have risen 12 percent to 6,401. While many districts show a double-digit increase in the number of patent filings in 2012-2013, the District of Delaware and the Eastern District of Texas saw the largest growth in patent cases, respectively, at 364 and 275 filings.

An in-depth look at the 2013 caseload of the federal courts and activities of the Administrative Office can be found in the 2013 Judicial Business of the U.S. Courts, and Annual Report of the Director, released today by the Administrative Office.

In calendar year 2012, a total of 3,395 orders authorizing the interception of wire, oral, or electronic communications, or wiretaps, were approved by state and federal judges. The Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AO) is required by statute to report to Congress the number of federal and state applications for orders authorizing or approving wiretaps.

Detailed reports on the fiscal year 2012 caseload of the federal courts and on the activities of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts were released today.

Federal court statistical profiles for the nation’s 12 regional appeals courts and 94 district courts for fiscal year 2012, the 12-month period ending September 30, 2012, are newly available.

A 2011 statistical report on debtors with primarily consumer debt filing for bankruptcy shows an 11 percent drop in case filings, a 23 percent drop in filer assets, 25 percent drop in filer liabilities and a 28 percent incidence of repeat filers.

Over the last few weeks, municipalities have declared bankruptcy. Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code provides for reorganization of municipalities, which includes cities and towns, as well as villages, counties, taxing districts, municipal utilities, and school districts.

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