This chart is designed to show the increase in the caseload in U.S. District Courts from 1960 forward. The X-axis represents the year from 1960 forward and the Y-axis represents the total number of court cases each year: each of three lines denote the number of cases filed, terminated, and the number still pending at the end of the year. We can see that the caseload in District Courts consistently increased throughout the years, from fewer than 90,000 cases in 1960 to more than 350,000 cases in 2004.