Last time, we reviewed the data on which county trial courts originated the Third District criminal cases decided by the Supreme Court between 1990 and 2004. Now let’s finish up with the years 2005 to 2019.
In 2005, the Court decided two criminal cases from Sacramento and one from San Joaquin. In 2006, the Court decided four cases from Sacramento and one each from Butte county, Shasta and Yolo. In 2007, the Court decided only one Third District criminal case, which originated in Placer County. In 2008, the Court decided four cases from Sacramento, two from El Dorado and one from San Joaquin. In 2009, the Court decided two cases each from Sacramento and Yolo and one apiece from Lassen, Nevada, San Joaquin and Trinity counties.
In 2010, the Court decided two cases from Sacramento and one case apiece from Butte, Lassen, Trinity and Yuba. In 2011, the Court decided two cases from Sacramento and one from Sutter. In 2012, the Court decided three cases each from Sacramento and Yolo counties, two from Lassen, and one each from Placer, San Joaquin and Yuba. In 2013, the Court decided one case from Sacramento and in 2014, the Court decided three cases from Sacramento.
The Court decided two criminal cases from Sacramento county in 2015. The Court decided one case each from Plumas, Sacramento and Yolo counties the following year. In 2017, the Court decided one case from Amador county and one from Sacramento. In 2018, the Court decided one case each from Sacramento, San Joaquin and Yolo counties. This year so far, the Court has decided one criminal case from Sacramento and one from Shasta county.
We conclude by comparing each county’s share of population to its share of the Third District’s civil and criminal caseloads.
As we noted last week, mostly due to the presence of the state government, Sacramento county accounts for 72.12% of the civil cases decided from the Third District. Sacramento is the leading source of criminal cases too, but the number is far lower – only 37.5% of the total cases, a figure closely aligned to its population share. San Joaquin county had 10.58% of the civil cases and accounts for 11.54% of the criminal cases. Yolo county is 3.85% of the civil cases and 8.65% of the criminal cases, but only 5.24% of the total population. Shasta county is next – 3.85% of civil cases, 4.62% of the population, 7.69% of the criminal cases. Fifth most common on the docket is Placer county – no civil cases at all, but 5.77% of the criminal caseload while accounting for 9.08% of the population.
Eleven of the Third District’s counties have accounted for no civil cases at all before the Supreme Court in the past thirty years. Seven counties produced no criminal cases. Five of those seven were also zeroed out on the criminal side: Alpine, Colusa, Modoc, Mono and Siskiyou counties. The two remaining counties which produced no cases, Calaveras and Sierra, accounted for only a tiny number of cases on the civil side. Six counties which had zero civil cases produced criminal cases: Amador (0.96%), Glenn (0.96%), Lassen (4.81%), Placer (5.77%), Tehama (4.81%) and Yuba (3.85%).
Join us back here next week as we turn our attention to California’s Fourth District.