Appeals from Criminal Cases are the Most Prominent Appeal by Permission Case Type
In 2009, criminal appeals by permission comprised three-quarters of court of last resort caseloads in
the six courts that reported complete composition data and over one-half of the intermediate appellate
court caseload in five courts. Civil cases were filed at a greater rate in intermediate appellate courts
(43%) than in courts of last resort (20%). This is likely the result of differences in the case type
jurisdictions of the two court types in that courts of last resort tend to hear civil cases when they are
appeals by right (e.g., cases that exceed a certain dollar amount or pertain to certain case types).