Total numbers of 9th Circuit cases overturned are higher because the court is “by far” the largest by both docket size and number judges. The court covers a third of the entire country, including nine states, two territories and one fifth of the nation’s population.
The 9th Circuit actually ranked third in Supreme Court reversal percentages out of a total of 13 circuit courts in the nation from 2010 to 2015, according to an analysis by Politifact, based on statistics from the Supreme Court’s own records.
The 6th Circuit Court, which serves Ohio, Michigan and Tennessee, had an 87 percent reversal rate from 2010 to 2015. The 11th Circuit (serving Alabama, Florida and Georgia) had an 85 percent reversal rate during that same period. The 3rd Circuit (including Delaware, New Jersy and Pennsylvania) had a 78 percent rate — a single point behind the 9th Circuit’s record.