Between 1990 and 1999, appellants’ amici filed 148 briefs and were on the winning side 73 times – a winning percentage of 49.32%.  Respondents’ amici filed 105 briefs, winning in 60 cases – a winning percentage of 57.14%.

Appellants’ amici in sentencing law cases won 82.61% of the time.  Appellants’ amici in in juvenile issues

This week, we’re reviewing amici’s winning percentage by area of law for the years 1990 through 1999.

Overall, amici supporting appellants won 444 of 699 cases during the 1990s for a winning percentage of 63.52%.  Respondents won 230 of 547 cases for a winning percentage of 42.05%.

Amici supporting appellants in arbitration cases were undefeated

Today, we’re concluding the latest stage of our analysis of the data on amicus briefs, reviewing two issues: (1) which areas of law attracted the most amicus briefs; and (2) were most amicus briefs offensive – attacking a Court of Appeal decision – or defensive – defending the Court of Appeal decision – in each

Last week, we showed that the most frequent area of criminal law for amicus briefs in California between 1990 and 1999 was criminal procedure (by a two-to-one margin).  Following crim pro were constitutional law, sentencing law, juvenile issues and death penalty cases.  So this week, we’re looking at the years 2000 through 2009.

Once again,

Today, we’re reviewing two issues on the criminal side of the docket – what areas of law produced the most amicus briefs and were more amicus briefs offensive – supporting the appellant and attacking the Court of Appeal decision – or defensive, supporting the respondent.  We begin with the 1990s.

Constitutional law was the leading

This week, we’re continuing our look at the amicus brief data with two questions: (1) given how common amicus briefs are at the California Supreme Court, are briefs clustered more in cases involving certain areas of law than others; and (2) are more amicus briefs filed in California offensive – attacking an adverse Court of