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 times, and Chief Justice George and Justice Werdegar once each. In 2008, Chief Justice George recused in two civil cases. Justices Corrigan and Werdegar recused once each. In 2009, Justices Kennard and Chin recused in three civil cases each. Justice Corrigan recused twice, and Chief Justice George and Justice Werdegar recused in one civil case apiece.
In 2010, Justices Corrigan and Werdegar led, recusing four times apiece. Justices Kennard, Chin and Baxter recused in two civil cases each. In 2011, the new Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye recused in six cases. Justices Baxter and Liu recused once each. In 2012, Justices Chin and Baxter recused in one civil case each. In 2013, Justice Baxter recused four times in civil cases. Justice Chin recused three times, and Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye and Justices Corrigan and Werdegar once each.
In 2014, there were only two recusals in civil cases: Justices Kennard and Baxter recused once each. In 2015, new Justices Kruger and Cuellar recused five times each, and Justice Chin recused in one civil case. In 2016, there was only one recusal in a civil case – Justice Chin. So far in 2017, Justice Corrigan has recused in one civil case.
Join us back here next Thursday as we address the Court’s experience with recusals in criminal cases.