Today, we’re examining the Chief Justice’s voting record in civil cases.
Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye took her seat on January 3, 2011. Since that time, she has voted in 312 civil cases. Consistent with the slight uptick in the Court’s production in civil cases in the second half of the Chief Justice’s tenure, she cast 139 votes in civil cases from 2011 to 2015 and 173 votes from 2016 through the end of 2020. She has voted to affirm in 105 cases – 33.65% of her total – and to reverse in 154 cases – 49.36%. She has cast split votes to affirm in part and reverse/vacate/modify in part in 22 cases. She has voted to deny 3 times, to grant 3 times, to vacate twice and cast 23 “other” votes – mostly in certified question cases from the Ninth Circuit.
Join us back here next week as we continue our review of the individual Justices’ voting records.