CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The number of filings in the state Supreme Court has reached its lowest level in more than 25 years.
A report presented to a legislative committee on Monday says there were about 1,500 cases filed in 2012. That's down from an all-time high of nearly 4,000 cases in 2007.
The court's clerk told lawmakers that legislative reforms and privatization of the state's workers compensation system led to the caseload decrease. The 446 workers' compensation appeals filed last year comprised 29 percent of the court's caseload, which is the lowest percentage since 1986.
Rory Perry told lawmakers the court is able to keep pace with the number of incoming cases. Some lawmakers have suggested creating an intermediary appeals court.
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