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 – 2018 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.

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Fiscal Year New Court Cases Filed Appealable AC RR Dispositions Percentage
FY 2010 12,256 75,501 16.23%
FY 2011 14,236 94,476 15.07%
FY 2012 16,422 126,393 12.99%
FY 2013 18,779 137,381 13.67%
FY 2014 18,503 131,802 14.04%
FY 2015 18,399 123,682 14.88%
FY 2016 (52 Weeks) * 17,864 129,216 13.82%
FY 2016 (53 Weeks) * 18,239 133,024 13.71%
FY 2017 18,445 137,534 13.41%
FY 2018 18,252 130,396 14.00%
* For FY 2016, each of the individual reports have a listing for the normal 52 week fiscal year that ended on 9/23/2016 and a second listing to include the extra 53rd week covering the period from 9/24/2016 – 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.



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.