Last week, we began our statistical retrospective of Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar’s twenty-three years on the California Supreme Court. Today, we further consider Justice Werdegar’s majority opinions and dissents in civil cases.
In Table 198, we once again report Justice Werdegar’s year-by-year majority opinions in civil cases. She wrote five majority opinions in 1995, four in 1996, eight in 1997, nine in 1998 and seven in 1999. In 2000, she wrote nine majority opinions. In 2001, she wrote seven majority opinions, and wrote nine each in 2002 and 2003. In 2004, she wrote fourteen majority opinions. The next year, she wrote six majority opinions. The following year, she wrote twice as many majorities, and a further ten in 2007. In 2008, she wrote seven civil majority opinions. She wrote six each in 2009 and 2010, nine in 2011 and five in 2012 and 2013. In 2014, Justice Werdegar wrote four majority opinions in civil cases. She wrote seven in 2015, five in 2016 and one majority opinion to date in 2017.
In Table 199 below, we divide up Justice Werdegar’s majority opinions by area of law. Over her career to date, Justice Werdegar has written nine majority opinions in arbitration. She’s written nineteen opinions in constitutional law, twenty-five in tort law, seven in domestic relations and six in wills and estates. She’s written nineteen majority opinions on government and administrative law and sixteen about employment law. Justice Werdegar has written twenty-seven majority opinions in civil procedure, six in insurance law, eight in commercial law, three about contract law, three about tax law and eleven opinions arising from environmental law.
Join us back here tomorrow as we look further at Justice Werdegar’s majority opinions.