Appeals to Court as a Percentage of Appealable AC Dispositions

Longitudinal report detailing the numbers and percentages of new court cases filed during each of Fiscal Years 2010 – 2016 as compared to the total number of appealable Requests for Review (RR) dispositions issued during those same years. Court cases may be filed after an appealable decision on the RR is issued by the Appeals Council (AC). For this report, appealable AC RR dispositions only include denials of the request for review or partially favorable or unfavorable AC decisions. Fully favorable decisions by the AC are not included as they are very rarely appealed. Dismissals of the RR by the AC are also not included since they are not typically appealable to the courts.

For FY 2016, this report has a listing for the normal 52 week fiscal year (9/26/2015 – 9/23/2016) and a second listing to include the extra 53rd week (9/26/2015 – 9/30/2016). Most fiscal years have just 52 weeks, however, FY 2016 had 53 weeks, which is an anomaly that occurs every five or six years.

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  FY 2010 FY 2011 FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016
(52 Weeks)
FY 2016
(53 Weeks)
New Court Cases Filed 12,256 14,236 16,422 18,779 18,503 18,399 17,864 18,239
Appealable AC RR Dispositions 75,501 94,476 126,393 137,381 131,802 123,682 129,216 133,024
Percentage 16.23% 15.07% 12.99% 13.67% 14.04% 14.88% 13.82% 13.71%


Disclaimer: These data are being made publicly available for research purposes. Any findings and conclusions derived from analyses of these data are attributable to the researcher(s) and do not reflect those of the Social Security Administration.