This week, we’re beginning a more detailed examination of the individual Justices’ voting records. We start with Justice Corrigan’s record in civil cases.
With the retirement of Justice Chin, Justice Corrigan is now the senior Associate Justice on the Court. Since joining the Court in 2006, she has voted in 535 civil cases. Although the Court’s docket has drifted downwards a bit since 2006, her votes are relatively evenly distributed: she voted in an average of 38.63 cases per year from 2006 to 2013 and 32.29 from 2014 to 2020. Justice Corrigan has voted to reverse outright in just short of half her cases – 267 votes, or 49.91% of the total. She has cast 179 votes to affirm. There are no clear time trends; Justice Corrigan has predominantly voted to reverse throughout her tenure.
She has cast 44 split votes to affirm in part and reverse/vacate/modify in part. She has cast 4 votes to deny, 3 to grant, 3 to vacate and 35 “other” – almost entirely certified questions from the Ninth Circuit.
Join us back here next time as we turn our attention to the Chief Justice.