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Which District/Division of the Court of Appeal Averaged the Most Votes to Affirm Before the Supreme Court in Civil Cases (Part 2)?

Today, we’re concluding our review of the average votes to affirm decisions in civil cases of each District and Division of the Court of Appeal between 1990 and 2017. For Division Six of the Second District, average votes to affirm was at four or more Justices in seven years since 1990 (1993, 1996, 1998, 2000, … Continue Reading

Which District/Division of the Court of Appeal Averaged the Most Votes to Affirm Before the Supreme Court in Civil Cases (Part 1)?

For the past two weeks, we’ve reviewed and compared the reversal rates for every District and Division of the Court of Appeal in civil and criminal cases at the Supreme Court.  But all affirmances and all reversals aren’t created equal, which is a problem with inferring too much from a reversal rate alone.  Whether the … Continue Reading

Which District or Division of the Court of Appeal Has Been Reversed Most Often in Criminal Cases Since 1990 (Part 2)?

Last time, we compared the twenty-eight year reversal rate for each District and Division of the Court of Appeal in civil and criminal cases before the Supreme Court.  Then we began our review of the year-by-year data in criminal cases for the First District, and the first half of the Divisions of the Second District.  … Continue Reading

Which District or Division of the Court of Appeal Has Been Reversed Most Often in Criminal Cases Since 1990?

Earlier this week, we looked at the reversal rates of the various Districts and Divisions of the Court of Appeal in civil cases before the Supreme Court.  Today and tomorrow, we’re reviewing the data for the Court’s criminal docket. But before we turn to the court-by-court numbers, let’s compare overall rates, both among the courts … Continue Reading

Which District of the Court of Appeal Had the Highest Reversal Rate in Civil Cases Since 1990 (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we began our court-by-court review of the three-year floating reversal rates of every District and Division of the Court of Appeal in civil cases decided by the Supreme Court.  Today, we’re concluding that project with Divisions 5-8 of the Second District and the Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Districts. From 1990 to 2017, the … Continue Reading

Which District of the Court of Appeal Had the Highest Reversal Rate in Civil Cases Since 1990 (Part 1)?

This week, we’re taking a close look at the reversal rates of the various Districts and Divisions of the Court of Appeal in civil cases.  As always, we’re defining “criminal” cases in the data as criminal prosecutions, quasi-criminal actions (habeas corpus), juvenile and mental health cases that arise out of alleged criminal activity, and attorney … Continue Reading

How Has the Court’s Unanimity Rate in Criminal Cases Changed Over Time?

Yesterday, we took a look at the Court’s unanimity rate in civil cases (60.18% in 1,223 cases).  Today, we’re looking at the criminal docket.  From 1990 to 2017, the Court decided 1,590 criminal, quasi-criminal, juvenile and disciplinary cases, with a unanimity rate ten points higher than on the civil side – 70.25%. Just as was … Continue Reading

How Has the Court’s Unanimity Rate in Civil Cases Changed Over Time?

This week, we’re turning our attention to a new issue, tracing how the Court’s unanimity rate has changed over time.  Between 1990 and 2017, the Court decided 1,223 civil cases, 60.18% of those by a unanimous vote. From 1990 to 1996, the Court’s unanimity rate in civil cases was consistently below this long-term average: 41.03% … Continue Reading

How Do the Illinois and California Supreme Courts’ Criminal Dockets Compare (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we began our comparison of the Illinois and California Supreme Courts’ criminal dockets for the past twenty-eight years.  We covered the years 1990 through 2003.  Today, we’re looking at the years 2004 to 2017. From 1990 to 2003, the Illinois Supreme Court wrote more criminal decisions than the California Supreme Court did.  Since that … Continue Reading

How Do the Illinois and California Supreme Court’s Criminal Dockets Compare (Part 1)?

Earlier this week, we began a multi-day crossover post at the Illinois Supreme Court Review, comparing the dockets of the Illinois and California Supreme Courts for the past twenty-eight years (1990-2017), and tracing how those Courts’ caseloads have evolved over that period.  In our first two posts, we addressed the Courts’ civil caseloads.  In this … Continue Reading

How Has the Court Decided Cases Involving Property Crimes Since 1990?

Yesterday, we looked at the Court’s history since 1990 with civil arbitration cases.  Today, we’re back on the criminal side of the docket, taking a closer look at the Court’s decision making in cases involving property crimes such as robbery, forgery and theft. Between 1990 and 2017, the Court’s cases were almost evenly split between … Continue Reading

How Has the Court Decided Arbitration Cases Since 1990?

Last week, we reviewed the year-by-year totals for the Court’s arbitration cases and cases involving property crimes.  Today, we’re taking a closer look at the data for arbitration cases. The Court’s 41 arbitration cases since 1990 have been almost equally split between defendants’ and plaintiffs’ wins – defendants’ wins from the Court of Appeal have … Continue Reading

How Many Cases Involving Property Crimes Does the Court Decide a Year?

Yesterday, we reviewed the yearly numbers of arbitration cases on the Court’s civil docket.  Today, we’re on the criminal side, looking at cases involving property crimes such as robbery, forgery and theft.  Since 1991, the Court has decided thirty-four cases involving the elements and defenses to property crimes. The Court decided one case per year … Continue Reading

How Has the Court Decided Criminal Cases Involving Sexual Offenses Since 1991?

Yesterday, we took a close look in the civil docket at the Court’s record since 1991 with employment law cases. Today, we’re on the criminal side of the docket, taking a further look at the Court’s cases involving sexual offenses. Over the entire twenty-seven year period, 52.38% of the Court’s criminal cases involving sexual offenses … Continue Reading

How Many Cases Involving Sexual Offenses Does the Court Decide a Year (1991-2017)?

Last time, we reviewed the Court’s year-by-year load of employment law cases. Today we’re on the criminal side of the docket, looking at the Court’s history with sexual offense cases. Since 1991, the Court has decided forty-two cases which primarily involved such issues. The Court had no such cases in 1991, two in 1992 and … Continue Reading

How Many Employment Law Cases Has the Court Decided a Year Since 1991?

Last week, we wrapped up our two-week consideration of the Court’s history with tax cases and attorney disciplinary matters.  This week and next, we’re turning to two new topics: on the civil side, the Court’s history with employment law.  On the criminal side, the Court’s cases primarily involving sex offense issues. Since 1991, the Court … Continue Reading

How Many Attorney Disciplinary Cases Does the Court Decide a Year?

Yesterday, we reviewed the Court’s tax law cases.  Today, we’re taking a closer look at the Court’s cases involving attorney discipline. For the entire period of 1991 through 2017, the Court decided forty-two attorney disciplinary cases – exactly half of them in 1991 (21 cases).  The Court decided no cases in 1992, 1993 or 1994 … Continue Reading
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