This time, we’re reviewing reversal rates during the 1990s for the seven then-active divisions of the Second District (Division Eight wasn’t created until later).
Overall, 100% of decisions were reversed in environmental law, contract law and secured transactions. The reversal rate in government and administrative law was 90.91%. Tort law saw an overall reversal rate of 72.5%. Two-thirds of domestic relations cases were reversed for the decade. The reversal rate for property law and workers compensation was 57.14%. The reversal rate for constitutional law was 52.94%. Four subjects had 50% reversal rates – civil procedure, insurance law, arbitration and tax. Forty percent of employment law decisions were reversed. No decisions were reversed in wills and estates law or commercial law.
Reviewing division-by-division for outliers, reversal rates in tort and government/administrative law were fairly consistent across the board (Division One had nine government cases reviewed during the decade – all nine decisions were reversed). All Divisions were around the average for civil procedure and constitutional law. In workers compensation, reversal was 100% from Divisions One and Three, one-third in Division Six and zero in Division Two.
Next up, we’ll review the data for the 1990s for the remaining districts.