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Department of Justice

Mission statement: "The Department's mission is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. "

Where Suits are Filed

Status  Year  City 
Cases filed within: 7 days 30 days over 30 days
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Docket Number Filed Case Title

Statistics on Lawsuits*

Key Indicators
160 Suits filed against DOJ in FY 2016
2099 Suits filed since 2001
241 Suits still pending
2091 Suits closed
479 Suits taking over 24 months
1 Suit taking over 351 months
Lawsuits Filed by Year
*based on FOIA nature of suit

Request Backlogs and Processing Times

Most Recent Data, for the Month of September 2016
TrackPending CasesClosed Cases
All1,287 cases
average 157 days pending
1,040 cases
average 133 days to close
Track Not Provided2 cases
average 342 days pending
0 cases
average 0 days to close
Simple49 cases
average 13 days pending
197 cases
average 18 days to close
Expedite22 cases
average 166 days pending
14 cases
average 179 days to close
Complex1,214 cases
average 162 days pending
829 cases
average 160 days to close


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by Michael Hasan