Approximately how many cases does the California court system handle annually? A. 10 million B. 4.5 million C. 2 million D. 1 million E. Because of the Three Strikes and No-Fault divorce laws, the...

Approximately how many cases does the California court system handle annually?
A. 10 million
B. 4.5 million
C. 2 million
D. 1 million
E. Because of the Three Strikes and No-Fault divorce laws, the number goes down significantly each year.

Which one is the correct answer?

Expert Answers
kmj23 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
To answer this question, take a look at the California 2016 Court Statistics Report (provided in the reference link). According to the introduction of this report, the California court system handles millions of cases each year, making the first answer (10 million) the most suitable. To prove this, the report breaks down the annual caseload for the various Californian courts. Between 2014-2015, for example, the Superior Court dealt with over 6.8 million cases while the Court of Appeal heard over 20,661 cases. This high number of court cases is hardly surprising when we consider that California consists of 12 percent of the total U.S. population - over 39 million people. To cope with such high numbers of people, there are over 20,000 people employed in the judicial system and one court in each of the state's 58 counties.
pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Of the options given here, the best answer is Option A.  It is most accurate to say that approximately 10 million cases are filed in the California state court system each year.

In the link below, you will find a report on California’s court system.  On p. 3 of that link, there is a table and a graph showing the number of cases that have been filed in California’s court system in each of the years from 2004 through 2013.  In that time, there were two years in which more than 10,000 cases were filed.  The lowest number of cases filed in any year was 7,813 in 2013.  Since the next largest option after Option A (10 million cases) is Option B (4.5 million), Option A is clearly the best answer to this question.