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How Were the Court’s Civil Cases Distributed at the Court of Appeals (Part 1)?

Last week, we reviewed the government’s record in civil and criminal appeals. This week, we begin our review of which Districts of the Court of Appeal have produced the most civil cases each year. Just as we did earlier this week in our study of the Illinois Supreme Court’s caseload, we use population distribution as … Continue Reading

What’s the Government’s Winning Percentage in Criminal Appeals?

Yesterday, we reviewed the year-by-year data on the State’s appearances as appellant and respondent in criminal cases from 1994 to 2016.  Today, we review the State’s winning percentage in each role. The State won 80.95% of its cases as petition in 1994, 93.75% in 1995, 64.29% in 1996 and 88.89% in 1997.  The State won … Continue Reading

How Many Criminal Appeals Are the Result of Government Appeals?

Last week, we reviewed how often public entities appeared as appellant and respondent in civil cases, and how often the public entities prevailed.  This week, we review the Court’s experience in criminal cases. The Court decided twenty-one criminal cases in 1994 where the State was the appellant.  The Court heard sixteen such cases in 1995, … Continue Reading

How Often Do Governmental Entities Win in Civil Cases?

Last week, we began our review of the Court’s experience with governmental entities.  This week, we’re evaluating governmental entities’ winning percentage. Petitioners won 85.71% of their cases in 1994, 59.09% in 1995 and 100% in 1996.   Petitioners won 85.71% in 1997, 64.29% in 1998, 57.14% in 1999 and 71.43% in 2000. In 2001, petitioners won … Continue Reading

How Common Are Governmental Parties in the Court’s Civil Docket?

For the past several weeks, we’ve looked at the Court’s record with death penalty appeals.  This week and next, we’re looking at the Court’s record with parties that are governmental entities. In Table 308, we report the year-by-year data for governmental entity petitioners, beginning in 1994.  The numbers have varied widely.  The Court decided seven … Continue Reading

Reviewing the Justices’ Voting Records in Death Penalty Appeals, 1994-2017 (Part 2)

Yesterday, we reviewed the individual Justices’ voting records in death penalty appeals for the years 1994 through 2005.  Today, we look at the second half of our study period, 2006 through 2017. In Table 303, we report the percentage of each Justice’s votes in death penalty cases which were to affirm or to reverse in … Continue Reading

Reviewing the Justices’ Voting Records in Death Penalty Appeals, 1994-2017 (Part 1)

Last week, we looked at how often the Justices voted with the majority in death penalty appeals, regardless of whether the decision was to affirm, reverse in part while affirming the sentence, reverse in part and vacate the sentence, or reverse outright.  This week, we’re looking at the Justices’ votes themselves. In Table 555, we … Continue Reading

Measuring Influence in Death Penalty Cases – Which Justices Were Most Often in the Majority (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we began our review of the individual Justices’ voting records in death penalty cases, discussing the data on the percentage of the time each Justice voted with the majority in death penalty appeals for the years 1994 through 2005.  Today, we address the second half of our study period, 2006 through 2017. Incredibly, for … Continue Reading

Measuring Influence in Death Penalty Cases – Which Justices Were Most Often in the Majority (Part 1)?

Earlier this week, we reviewed the data on the percentage of the time each Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court voted with the majority in death penalty cases.  Today and tomorrow, we’ll be reviewing the same measure for the California Supreme Court during the years 1994 through 2017. We begin with the years 1994 through … Continue Reading

Were Majority Opinions in Death Penalty Cases Longer or Shorter When the Court Reversed?

Yesterday, we began our review of the Court’s majority opinions in death penalty appeals between 1994 and 2017, focusing on complete affirmances and partial reversals where the sentence was affirmed.  Today, we review the second half of our analysis: partial reversals where the sentence was vacated, and complete reversals. In Table 291, we report the … Continue Reading

Who Has Written the Court’s Majority Opinions in Death Penalty Cases?

For the past few weeks, we’ve been reviewing the death penalty jurisprudence of the Illinois and California Supreme Courts on this blog and the Illinois Supreme Court Review.  This week, we’re reviewing the Court’s majority opinions. In Table 287, we report the data on majority opinions in death penalty affirmances.  Justice Chin has written 51 … Continue Reading

Which Counties Had Lesser Affirmance Rates in Death Penalty Cases?

Yesterday, we reviewed the data for the year-by-year numbers of mandatory death penalty appeals decided by the California Supreme Court.  Today, we review the overall affirmance rates, county by county. For the entire period, the Court has decided 425 death penalty appeals.  The Court has affirmed 342 in all respects.  The Court has partially reversed … Continue Reading

Do Some Counties Have Higher Reversal Rates in Death Penalty Cases?

This week, we’re continuing our comparative analysis of the death penalty appeal cases, both here and over at the Illinois Supreme Court Review.  The discussion is particularly timely for California given the Supreme Court’s decision largely upholding the controversial death penalty initiative adopted in November by the voters.  This week, we disaggregate the Court’s overall … Continue Reading

How Often Did the California Supreme Court Reverse Death Penalty Judgments (Part 2)?

Earlier this week, we began analyzing the Illinois Supreme Court’s experience with automatic death penalty appeals.  Yesterday, we began our review of the California Supreme Court’s record, beginning with the year 1994. In Table 279, we review the Court’s partial and complete reversal rate for the years 2002 through 2009.  In 2002, the Court affirmed … Continue Reading

How Often Did the California Supreme Court Reverse Death Penalty Judgments (Part 1)?

Earlier this week, we began our review of the Illinois Supreme Court’s record with death penalty appeals between 1990 and the abolition of the death penalty in 2011.  Today and tomorrow, we’re comparing the California Supreme Court’s data on death penalty cases. In Table 276, we report the number of death penalty appeals the Court … Continue Reading

Tracking the Importance of Recusals in Civil Cases (Part 2)

Yesterday, we began our review of the Court’s history with recusals, looking at the years 1994 through 2005.  Today, we address the Court’s recusals between 2006 and 2017. In 2006, Justice Corrigan recused in six cases.  Justice Werdegar recused four times in civil cases, and Justice Chin recused twice.  In 2007, Justice Corrigan recused three … Continue Reading

Tracking the Importance of Recusals in Civil Cases (Part 1)

Earlier this week over at the Illinois Supreme Court Review, we reviewed the Illinois Supreme Court’s experience with recusals in civil cases.  This week, we’re addressing the same issue here at the California Supreme Court Review.  In Illinois, there’s no provision for pro tem Justices, and there must be four votes for any decision.  In … Continue Reading

How Often Has the Defense Won Certified Question Appeals?

Last week, we began our look at the California Supreme Court’s experience since 1994 in appeals which originated in certified questions from the Ninth Circuit. This week, we continue our analysis, looking at how often the defense wins such cases, how closely divided the cases tend to be, and how long they take. First, let’s … Continue Reading

What Areas of Law Do the Court’s Certified Questions Arise In?

Yesterday, we surveyed where the California Supreme Court’s certified question appeals arose.  Today, we turn to a different question: what areas of law do the Court’s certified questions arise in? We report the first third of the data in Table 258.  The Court decided one case in employment law in 2000 and one each in … Continue Reading
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