Here is a graph I just prepared for an upcoming CLE presentation, comparing the numbers of appeal and writ applications (excluding pro se writs) in the five Louisiana circuit courts for 2014. The first time I saw similar numbers for 2013, I was surprised. But the numbers really aren’t surprising. For a long time, my own work on cases in the Louisiana appellate courts has been split about 50-50 between writ applications and appeals. The same is probably true for most Louisiana appellate practitioners. I once heard Judge Terri Love remark that her own court (the Fourth Circuit) has become more a court of writs than a court of appeal. The numbers support her description.