Sunday, December 5, 2021

CAAF Annual Report

The report of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces for the October 2020 Term (which ended on September 30, 2021) is now available online

The court denied or dismissed 297 petitions for grant of review, and granted 52. Disregarding a withdrawn petition, this means that slightly over 85% of the petitions were denied. 

By statute, denial of a petition for review disqualifies a case from direct appellate review by the Supreme Court of the United States on writ of certiorari. During the Term, the Court of Appeals continued to deny petitions during two periods during which it was reduced to four judges in regular active service, thereby raising from 40% to 50% the share of the bench needed to grant review.

The court decided 35 cases on its master docket by signed opinion and one per curiam. Twenty-five master docket cases were decided by memorandum or order. There were 35 oral arguments. The time both from petition filing to oral argument and from oral argument to final decision was the longest in at least 10 years. The number of petitions filed was the lowest in the last 10 years.

The annual reports of the Judge Advocates General for the comparable period are not yet on the website of the Joint Service Committee on Military Justice.

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