Last week, we reviewed reversal rates for the Court of Appeal in civil cases. This week, we’re looking at the criminal side of the docket. First up – the Divisions of the Second District.
Division One has fared the worst since 1990, with a reversal rate in criminal cases of 73.53%. Division Six was close behind at 70.45%. The reversal rate for Division Seven was 62.22%. Division Five was 61.54%. The reversal rate for Division Three was 54.29%. The rate for Division Four was 52.63%. Two Divisions stayed under fifty percent reversal rate – Division Eight (47.37%) and Division Two (45.45%).
Division Seven was the most active Court on the Supreme Court’s docket, contributing 45 criminal cases. Division Six was next at 44 cases. Four courts were in the thirties – Division Five (39 cases), Division Four (38), Division Three (35) and Division One (34). Division Two contributed 22 criminal cases to the docket. Division Eight had 19 cases reviewed.
Between 1990 and 1999, the Division which fared worst was the First, with a reversal rate in criminal cases of 80%. Division Six was at 70%. Division Three had two-thirds of the criminal cases on the Supreme Court’s docket reversed, and Division Five was right behind at 63.64%. Division Seven had a reversal rate of 58.33%. Division Two was at 33.33%. Division Four had the lowest decade reversal rate – only 16.67%.
Division One once again led between 2000 and 2009, with a reversal rate of 86.67%. Division Six had a reversal rate of 71.43%. Division Seven was at 70.37%. Divisions Five and Eight were tied, with decade reversal rates of two-thirds. Division Four had 54.17% reversal and Divisions Two and Three were tied, with both at 50%.
Division Four led between 2010 and 2020, with a reversal rate of 75%. Division Six had a rate of 70%. Three Divisions were in the fifties: Five (56.25%), Three (53.85%) and Two (50%). Division One’s reversal rate dropped to 44.44%. The reversal rate for Division Eight was only 38.46. Finally, the reversal rate in Division Seven fell to only 33.33%.
Join us back here next time as we review the data for the rest of the state.