As we continue our review of Justice Cuéllar’s nearly seven years on the California Supreme Court, today we’re looking at his published opinions. Since joining the Court, Justice Cuéllar has written 99 opinions – 43 in civil cases and 56 in criminal cases.
Justice Cuéllar has written a total of 27 civil majority opinions along with 8 concurrences and 8 dissents. His busiest years for civil majority opinions were 2018 and 2019, with five each. He has written three majority opinions in 2015, 2016 and 2021. He never wrote more than two concurring opinions in civil cases in a year (2018 and 2020). Similarly, he wrote two civil dissents per year in 2016, 2017 and 2021.
Justice Cuéllar has written 42 majority opinions in criminal cases since joining the Court. He has written only five concurrences, but has also published nine dissents. His heaviest year for criminal majority opinions was 2018, when he wrote 11 (meaning that he published a total of 16 majority opinions that year). Justice Cuéllar published eight majority opinions in criminal cases in 2016, seven in 2021, six in 2017 and five in 2019.
Justice Cuéllar’s concurring opinions in criminal cases were clustered in only two years of his tenure – 2020 (3) and 2016 (2). He published four dissents in 2017, two each in 2018 and 2019 and one in 2015.
Join us back here on Thursday as we continue our series.