For the past five weeks, we’ve reviewed the year-by-year data for which trial courts have produced the Supreme Court’s civil and criminal dockets from 1994 through 2017. This week, we’re summarizing the entire twenty-four years – today, the civil docket, and tomorrow, the criminal cases.
Between 1994 and 2017, the Court has decided 1,056 civil cases. In Table 404, we report the percentage of that total accounted for by the leading counties. In all, Los Angeles has accounted for 34.85% of the Court’s civil cases. San Francisco is next, producing 7.95%. San Diego and Orange County are next, accounting for 6.34% and 6.06%, respectively. Sacramento County produced 5.87% of the Court’s civil cases. Riverside County produced 3.22% and Alameda County 3.13%. San Bernardino County accounted for 2.75%. Direct appeals from administrative boards and agencies account for 2.56% of the Court’s civil docket. Certified question appeals from the Central District of California accounted for 2.08%. Marin County produced 1.61% and Santa Barbara and San Mateo counties produced 1.52% apiece.
Our collective data continues in Table 405 (note that the left-hand axis of the chart has a very different scale that the axis in Table 404). For the entire period, Contra Costa County produced 1.33% of the Court’s civil cases. Fresno County and the Court’s original jurisdiction produced 1.23% apiece. Ventura County produced 1.04%. Solano and San Joaquin counties both produced 0.95% of the Court’s civil dockets. Tulare County produced 0.85%. Sonoma and Kern counties and the Council on Judicial Performance produced 0.76% apiece. San Luis Obispo and Monterey produced 0.66%. Certified question appeals from the Northern District of California accounted for 0.57% of the Court’s civil docket.
Join us back here tomorrow as we turn our attention to the leading sources of the Court’s criminal docket.