Justice Liu has written 67 majority opinions in criminal cases since joining the Court in 2011.  He has written 27 majority opinions in criminal cases (40.3% of the total).  He has written ten opinions in sentencing cases, seven in criminal procedure cases, six cases involving violent crimes, five cases involving juvenile offenses and four habeas corpus cases.  Judge Liu has written three constitutional law cases, two cases involving mental health and one majority opinion each involving political crimes, property crimes and process crimes.

Justice Liu has written 37 dissents in criminal cases.  Twenty-two of these opinions – far more (59.46% versus 40.3%) than in civil cases – were in death penalty cases.  Justice Liu has written five dissents in constitutional law and cases involving violent crimes, two each in cases involving sex offenses and sentencing law and one case involving habeas corpus.

Join us next time as we review a new Justice’s tenure.

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In this and the following post, we’ll be completing our six-part review of Justice Goodwin Liu’s tenure to date, looking at the areas of civil and criminal law in which he’s written his majority and minority opinions.  Note once again that to maintain an even playing field, 2021 data is through the same date for all Justice profiles – so it’s still part-year.

Justice Liu has written 52 majority opinions in criminal cases.  Ten involved government and administrative law.  Nine involved employment law.  Six majority opinions involved tort law cases and five were in constitutional law.  He has written four majorities each in tax law and civil procedure.  He has written three arbitration majority opinions.  He has written two majority opinions each in domestic relations, environmental law, commercial law and secured transactions.  He has written one opinion each involving insurance, trusts and estates and property law.

Justice Liu has written only ten dissents in civil cases.  Half of those ten were in employment (three dissents) and tort law (two dissents).  He has written one dissent each in environmental law, tax law, government and administrative law, civil procedure and arbitration law.

Join us back here next time as we wrap up our review of Justice Liu’s tenure.

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In part 4 of our review of Justice Liu’s tenure, we’re reviewing the data on how in sync with the Court’s shifting majorities he has been during his tenure.  More specifically, we’re calculating the percentage of civil and criminal cases in which Justice Liu has been in complete agreement with the majority (in other words, a split vote when the majority affirms or reverses outright doesn’t count).

Justice Liu has agreed with the majority in 93.25% of his civil cases since 2011.  Leaving aside the partial years in 2011 and 2021, his highest agreement rate was 2018 at 96.97%.  His lowest was 2014 at 86.96%.  He was over 95% in only two full years – 2018 and 2013 (96.88%).  He was under 90% in 2014 at 86.96%.

Justice Liu has voted with the majority in only 90.84% of his criminal cases.  He has been over 95% in only two years – 2016 (98.08%) and 2020 (95.24%).  On the other hand, he has been below 90% three times – in 2017 (78.57%), 2018 (82%) and 2019 (87.8%).

Join us back here next week as we review the areas of law in which Justice Liu has written majority and dissenting opinions.

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Today, we’re continuing our review of Justice Goodwin Liu’s tenure with an in-depth look at his voting record on the Court.

Since joining the Court, Justice Liu has cast 106 votes to affirm, 157 votes to reverse and 24 split votes to affirm in part and reverse in part in civil cases.  Affirm votes have exceeded reverse votes in only only year, 2018 – the two tied in 2014.  His lightest full year was 2020, when he voted to affirm only 5 times (as opposed to 18 votes to reverse) and his heaviest year was 16 votes to affirm in 2017.  Justice Liu’s heaviest year in reverse votes was 2015 at 20.  His lightest full year was 2014 at 10.

Justice Liu has cast 235 votes to affirm in criminal cases as opposed to only 170 votes to reverse.  He has cast far more split votes in criminal cases than civil ones – 83 in all.  Affirm votes exceeded reverse votes in every year.  His heaviest year was 2012 with 41 votes to affirm; his lightest was 18 in 2019.  Justice Liu’s heaviest year as far as reverse votes was 2012 with 22, and his lightest full year was 2015 with 12.

Join us back here tomorrow as we assess how often Justice Liu votes with the majority.

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Since joining the Court in 2011, Justice Liu has written 84 opinions in civil cases – 52 majority opinions, 22 concurrences and 10 dissents.  His heaviest year for majority opinions was 2013 with eight.  His lightest full years, with four majorities each, were 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2020.  His heaviest years for concurrences were 2015 and 2017 with four per year.  His heaviest years for dissents were 2012 and 2019 at two per year.

Justice Liu has written 155 opinions in criminal cases – nearly double his output in civil cases.  He has written 67 majority opinions, with the highest workload being 2018 at 11 and the lowest full year 2014 and 2017, with five majorities each.  He wrote ten concurrences in 2012 and nine in 2014, but only ten combined in 2019, 2020 and 2021.  He wrote nine criminal dissents in 2018 and seven in 2017.

Join us back here later in the week as our review of Justice Liu’s tenure continues.

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This week, we’re beginning a six-part review of the tenure of Justice Goodwin Liu.  Justice Liu took his seat on the Supreme Court on September 1, 2011.

Since that time, he has participated in 311 civil cases.  His heaviest year for civil cases was 2017, when he participated in 42.  His lightest full year was 2014, when there were 23 civil cases.

Justice Liu has participated in 491 criminal cases.  His heaviest full year was 2012, with 76 cases.  His lightest full year was 2019, with 41 cases.

Join us back here next time as we review Justice Liu’s opinion writing.

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We conclude with the Chief Justice’s record in majority and dissenting opinions for criminal, quasi-criminal, mental health and juvenile justice cases.  The Chief Justice has written 81 majority opinions in criminal cases.  Forty-one of those eighty-one opinions were in death penalty cases.  She has written a dozen majority opinions each in criminal procedure and sentencing law cases, four majorities in constitutional law and habeas cases, two in juvenile justice and sex offenses cases and one each in cases involving property crimes, violent crimes, mental health and regulation of attorneys.

The Chief Justice has written three dissenting opinions in juvenile justice cases, two each in constitutional law and criminal procedure cases and one dissent each in death penalty and sentencing law cases.

Join us back here on Wednesday when we begin our review of Justice Goodwin Liu’s tenure.

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We’re concluding our review of Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye’s tenure to date with a look at her majority and dissenting opinions.

The Chief Justice has written 49 majority opinions in civil cases.  The leading topic is civil procedure with fifteen, followed by government and administrative law (10 majorities), constitutional law (6 majorities), tort law (5 majorities) and three majority opinions in employment law cases.  She has written two majority opinions each in environmental law, wills and estates, tax law and insurance law.  She has written one majority opinion in domestic relations and one in election law.

The Chief Justice has written only four dissents in civil cases – two in constitutional law cases, one in a civil procedure case and one in a tort case.

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Today, we’re in the fourth part of our six-part review of Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye’s tenure.  This time, we’re reviewing the data on how often the Chief Justice is in the majority.

The short answer: a lot.  Since joining the Court, the Chief Justice has voted in the majority in 96.69% of her civil cases.  The Chief Justice voted with the majority in every civil case in 2012, 2013 and so far in 2021.  She has been over 95% every other year aside from 2019 (91.18%) and 2020 (93.1%).

The Chief Justice has been in the majority in nearly as many criminal cases – 96.15%.  She has reached 100% in four years – 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2020.  She has been over 95% in two additional years: 2012 (97.3%) and 2019 (95.12%).  She has never fallen below 90% for a full year.

Join us back here next Thursday as we wrap up our six-part review of Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye’s tenure.

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We’re on to the third part of our six-part review of Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye’s tenure at the Supreme Court.  Today, we’re reviewing the Chief Justice’s voting record.

The Chief Justice has voted to affirm 114 times since 2011.  She has voted to reverse 169 times and cast split votes to affirm in part and reverse in part in 22 cases.  Her lightest full year for reverse votes was 2014 with ten.  Her heaviest years were 2011 and 2015, with 19 each.  Her lightest year for votes to affirm was 2011 with four, followed by five in 2020.  Her heaviest year wax 2016 with 17, followed by 2017 and 2018 at 15 each.

The Chief Justice has cast 281 votes to affirm in criminal cases as opposed to 162 votes to reverse.  She has cast 74 split votes.  The Chief Justice cast a dozen split votes in both 2012 and 2015 and eleven in 2016, but only two in 2011 and 2017.  She voted to reverse twenty-two times in 2012, but only ten in 2015.  Her lightest years for affirm votes (other than this year so far) were 2019 and 2020 at twenty-one each.  Her heaviest year was 2012 at forty.

Join us back here on Friday morning as we present part four of our review.

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