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General Information

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
235 Suits filed against DOJ in FY 2019
2791 Suits filed since 2001
432 Suits still pending
2592 Suits closed
582 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 December 2016
TrackPending CasesClosed Cases
All1,614 cases
average 158 days pending
643 cases
average 56 days to close
Track Not Provided3 cases
average 296 days pending
0 cases
average 0 days to close
Simple79 cases
average 31 days pending
248 cases
average 24 days to close
Expedite24 cases
average 173 days pending
4 cases
average 81 days to close
Complex1,508 cases
average 164 days pending
391 cases
average 77 days to close


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