This chart is designed to show the increase in the caseload in U.S. Courts of Appeals since 1960. The X-axis represents the year from 1960 forward and the Y-axis represents the total number of cases each year: each of three lines denote the number of cases filed, terminated, and pending. We can see that the caseload in the Courts of Appeals consistently increased throughout the years, from fewer than 4,000 cases in 1960 to more than 60,000 cases in 2004.