We last reported on the Maine court statistics in this blog entry – http://www.maineappeals.com/still-here/ – covering 2012-16. The 2013-2017 period has now been posted (the FY ends June 30). The 2017 numbers reflect a continuation of the trend we commented upon in our discussion of the 2012-16 period: the total number of appeals are declining, with a big drop in civil commercial appeals. http://www.courts.maine.gov/news_reference/stats/pdf/year-trend/law-court.pdf
More specifically, the total number of civil appeals went down from 478 to 430 from FY16 to FY17, while criminal appeals declined from 174 to 160, so the total number of appeals went down from 652 to 590. Worker’s comp appeals increased from 12 to 18. 80B and 80Cs went down from 28 to 24, probate halved from 27 to 13, and “general civil” went down from 150 to 134. Family law appeals basically held steady.
The same trends seem to be on the horizon, if you look at the Superior