During the 2008 term, 836 petitions were filed at CAAF. Last term, 825 petitions were filed. Through the first 43 days of the current term, CAAF is on pace to receive just 620 petitions.
It’s possible that the change to the court’s rules regarding the simultaneous filing of petitions and supps has somewhat skewed the number of petitions that would normally have been received thus far this term. (I know that I submitted a couple of petitions before 1 October 2009 for the specific purpose of ensuring that my client successfully invoked CAAF’s jurisdiction before the new rule took effect, since invoking the court’s jurisdiction is more difficult under the current rule. I already know of one instance in which the court’s jurisdiction wasn’t successfully invoked as a consequence of the new rule requiring the simultaneous filing of the petition and the supplement, though fortunately that incident occurred before the 60-day deadline had run, permitting it to be corrected without barring CAAF’s doors to the client.) We’ll periodically crunch the numbers to see if petition filings continue at the current pace.
During the 2003 term, CAAF received just 694 petitions. Will this term’s total be lower?