The average lag time from the order appointing appellate counsel in non-death criminal cases to the filing of the opening brief was 30 days in 1990, 35.14 in 1991, 44.5 in 1992, 50.38 in 1993 and 38.38 days in 1994. The average jumped to 114.35 days in 1995 before falling back to 39.71 days in

For the past few weeks, we’ve been reviewing detailed lag time data for criminal (and civil cases). Now, we’re dividing death penalty and non-death criminal cases. First up, the average lag time from the date the non-death petition to review is granted to issuance of the order appointing appellate counsel.

In 1990, the average lag

Today, we’re concluding our trip through the death penalty lag time data with a look at the final step in capital litigation: the average wait from oral argument to decision.

In 1990, the average wait was 186.42 days (the result of an outlier case). In 1991, the average was 60.16 days. The average was then

Last week, we reviewed the data for the average wait between the end of briefing in death penalty cases and the oral argument. Today, we’re looking at a related question – does the lag time between briefing and oral argument suggest anything about the ultimate result in the case?

We divide the data into four

Today, we’re continuing our review of the death penalty lag time data, looking at the average wait from the filing of the final brief – whether that’s the party reply brief or an amicus or supplemental brief – to the oral argument.

In 1990, the average was 225.23 days. It was 265.92 in 1991, 217.3

Our next milestone in reviewing the lag time data for death penalty cases is the period from the end of party briefing – the filing of the reply brief – to the filing of the last supplemental or amicus brief (including replies to one or the other). Amicus briefs have been very rare in death

This week, we’re continuing our review of the detailed lag time data for the Court’s death penalty cases. First up: the average wait from the order appointing death penalty counsel to filing of the opening brief.

During the 1990s, the average wait from appointment of counsel to the filing of the opening brief increased significantly.

Today, we’re tracking the average lag time from filing of the certified record on appeal to the order appointing direct appeal death penalty counsel. The average wait was 416.35 days in 1990, 735.24 in 1991, 620.48 days in 1992, 743.65 days in 1993, 673.29 days in 1994, 921.31 days in 1995, 542.63 days in 1996,