Whether an appeal is initially filed in the Supreme Court or in the Court of Appeals is generally determined by the original trial forum. Appeals from the juvenile court, district court domestic relations cases and most criminal cases from the district court, as well as appeals from most administrative agencies are filed in the Court of Appeals. The appeals of non-domestic district court civil cases, first degree and capital felonies, and a few administrative agencies are to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has constitutional authority to transfer all but a few case types to the Court of Appeals for final disposition.
In calculating the clearance rate for each appellate court during any given period, the number of cases initially filed in the Supreme Court but transferred to the Court of Appeals for final disposition are counted both as "dispositions" in the Supreme Court and as "filings" in the Court of Appeals.