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John roberts U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. arrives at the U.S. Capitol in 2020 for President Donald Trump’s impeachment hearings. Credit: Diego M. Radzinschi / ALM

New filings in the U.S. Supreme Court fell more than 16% in the last term compared with the prior year, as the novel coronavirus crisis ushered in unique and complex challenges for lawyers and the judiciary alike, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. said Thursday in his annual report.

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Mike Scarcella

Mike Scarcella is a senior editor in Washington on ALM Media's regulatory desk. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter: @MikeScarcella. Mike works on a slate of newsletters: Supreme Court Brief | Higher Law | Compliance Hot Spots | Labor of Law.

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