Yesterday, we reviewed the geographical sources of the Court’s civil docket from 2014 through 2017. Today, we’re looking at the data for the criminal, quasi-criminal and disciplinary docket.
The Court decided nineteen criminal cases in 2014 which originated in Los Angeles. The Court decided six cases from Riverside, five from Orange County, four from Sacramento and Ventura, three from Santa Clara, and two from San Diego and the state Bar Court. The Court decided one case from Alameda, Contra Costa, Imperial, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Tulare, Monterey and Kings counties, and one case from the Court’s original jurisdiction.
2015 was very unusual in the Court’s recent history – Los Angeles did not produce more cases than any other county. That year, the Court decided seven criminal cases from Riverside County. The Court decided six cases from Los Angeles, five from Orange County, four from San Diego and Santa Clara, three from Alameda, Contra Costa and San Bernardino, and two from Sacramento and Shasta counties. The Court decided one case from Sonoma, Lake, San Francisco and San Luis Obispo counties, as well as one case arising under the Court’s original jurisdiction.
In 2016, the Court decided fourteen criminal cases from Los Angeles. Orange County was next with eight cases. The Court decided five cases from San Diego, four from Riverside and Santa Clara, and two from San Bernardino, San Joaquin and Madera counties. The Court decided one case each from Alameda, Contra Costa, Sacramento, Marin, Stanislaus, Shasta, Tehama, Tulare, Yolo, Monterey and Plumas counties.
Last year, the Court decided eight criminal cases from Los Angeles. The Court decided six cases from San Diego, five from Riverside, four from San Bernardino, and two cases from Contra Costa, Orange and Sacramento counties. The Court decided one criminal case from Alameda, Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Santa Clara, Santa Barbara, Tuolumne, Amador, Solano and Kings counties.
Join us back here next Thursday as we turn our attention to a new issue in our ongoing study of the California Supreme Court’s decision making.