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The largest numeric increase 80,000 in FY 2005 was Civil Cases Filed in non-marijuana 70,000 drug cases, which rose 5 percent 60,000 to 13,102, as the 50,000 number of defendants in those cases 40,000 climbed 6 percent 30,000 to 25,121. Immigration filings grew 20,000 less than 1 percent to record highs 10,000 of 17,134 cases 0 and 18,322 defen2001 2004 2003 2002 2005 dants. Charges Personal Injury/Product Liabilty Prisoner Petitions of improper Civil Rights Labor Law reentry by an alien accounted for Protected Property Rights 68 percent of all immigration cases and 64 percent of of Texas, compared to filings for the immigration defendants. Sex offense month of September 2004. filings climbed 9 percent to 1,779 cases, with the number of defendants climbing 8 percent to 1,828. Criminal Filings The increase in sex offense filings Nationwide, criminal filings in the stemmed primarily from growth U.S. district courts fell 2 percent to in sexually explicit material cases 69,575 in FY 2005, and the number of and defendants, which both rose defendants in these cases dropped 1 18 percent to 1,102 cases and 1,112 percent to 92,226. defendants. Despite the overall decline, Firearms and explosives cases increases occurred in cases involving and defendants both fell 4 percent to drugs other than marijuana, sex 9,207 cases and 10,328 defendants. offenses, and immigration offenses. Fraud cases rose 1 percent; defendants charged with fraud declined 1 Criminal Cases Filed, percent. A 61 percent increase in the by Offense totals was reported for identification (Excluding Transfers) 80,000 document and information fraud, which grew to 1,069 cases and 1,388 70,000 defendants. 60,000 Traffic offenses on federal grounds dropped 10 percent to 4,140 cases 50,000 and 4,142 defendants. 40,000

Consumer Protection Action of 2005. Many debtors rushed to file petitions before the law’s general effective date of October 17, 2005. The number of petitions filed during the threemonth period ending September 30, 2005, was 542,002, an increase of 37 percent over the number filed during the same period one year earlier —and the highest number filed in U.S. bankruptcy courts in any threemonth period. In FY 2005, Chapter 7 filings rose 17 percent to 1,346,201 and constituted 76 percent of all petitions filed. In the final quarter of FY 2005, Chapter 7 petitions jumped 54 percent over the number filed during the final quarter of FY 2004. In FY 2005, Chapter 11 petitions fell 36 percent to 6,637. Chapter 12 filings increased 53 percent to 364. Chapter 13 filings, which accounted for 24 percent of all new petitions, fell 6 percent to 429,316. Nonbusiness filings, which account for 98 percent of all filings, increased 10 percent to 1,748,421. Business filings decreased 2 percent to 34,222 during FY 2005.

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