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How Many Insurance Law Cases Has the Court Decided a Year?

For the past two weeks, we’ve been reviewing the Court’s government and administrative law cases on the civil side and sentencing law cases on the criminal docket.  This week and next, we’re looking at the Court’s insurance law and habeas corpus cases. Between 1991 and 2017, the Court decided seventy-three insurance law cases.  In 1991, … Continue Reading

What Kind of Criminal Sentencing Law Case is the Court Most Likely to Hear?

Yesterday, we reviewed the Court’s record with civil cases involving governmental parties and administrative law.  Today, we’re on the criminal law side of the docket, reviewing the Court’s experience with cases involving criminal sentencing. Not surprisingly (given the percentage of criminal law appellate decisions won by the government), the Court has heard more prosecution wins … Continue Reading

How Many Cases Has the Court Decided a Year Involving the Law of Criminal Sentencing?

Yesterday, we reviewed the Court’s record with civil cases involving governmental parties and administrative law.  Today, we’re looking at the Court’s decisions involving the law of criminal sentencing. The Court decided one sentencing law case in 1992, ten in 1993, two in 1994, eight in 1995 and seven in 1996. The Court decided nine cases … Continue Reading

How Many Government and Administrative Law Cases Has the Court Decided a Year?

For the past two weeks, we’ve been looking at the Court’s record with death penalty cases.  This week and next, we’re turning our attention to the court’s civil cases involving governmental parties and administrative law, and on the criminal side, sentencing law cases.  Let’s start with government/administrative law cases. The Court decided eleven government cases … Continue Reading

Adjusted for Population, How Do the California and Illinois Supreme Courts Compare With Respect to Their Death Penalty Caseloads?

[The posts for yesterday and today are cross-posted, in slightly revised form, from the Illinois Supreme Court Review.] Yesterday, we compared the California and Illinois Supreme Court’s death penalty case loads between 1992, the beginning of our California data, through 2010, when Illinois abolished the death penalty.  We found that in the years prior to … Continue Reading

How Do the California and Illinois Supreme Courts Compare With Respect to Death Penalty Judgments?

[The posts for today and tomorrow are cross-posted, in slightly revised form, from the Illinois Supreme Court Review.] For the past two weeks, we’ve been taking a detailed look at the death penalty jurisprudence of the California Supreme Court and, at our sister blog the Illinois Supreme Court Review, the Illinois Supreme Court.  This week, … Continue Reading

What Kind of Criminal Procedure Case Is the Court Most Likely to Hear?

Yesterday, we examined the nature of the civil procedure cases the Court has taken since 1992, and the Court’s reversal rates in each category.  Today, we’re looking at the Court’s criminal procedure decisions. Overall, the Court has taken somewhat more cases which the prosecution won below than defendants’ wins – 138 to 115.  The Court … Continue Reading

What Kind of Constitutional Law Case is the Court Most Likely to Hear in the Criminal Docket?

This week, we’re taking a closer look at what kinds of cases wind up in the Court’s constitutional law docket, and whether the Court is more or less likely to reverse depending on who won below.  Today, we’re reviewing the numbers for the criminal docket. Yesterday, we showed that the Court has taken roughly equal … Continue Reading

What Kind of Constitutional Law Case is the Court Most Likely to Hear in the Civil Docket?

Last week, we tracked the Court’s yearly caseload in constitutional law on both the civil and criminal dockets.  This week, we’re digging deeper to answer three questions: (1) does the Court tend to take more conservative or liberal decisions from the Court of Appeal involving constitutional law issues; (2) is the Court more (or less) … Continue Reading

Constitutional Law at the Court, Part 2 – How Many Criminal Con Law Cases Does the Court Decide a Year?

Yesterday, we began a review of the Court’s constitutional law caseload on the civil side of the docket.  Today, we begin our review of the Court’s criminal constitutional law cases. The Court decided four criminal cases in 1992 which principally involved constitutional law issues.  The Court decided three cases in 1993, five in 1994 and … Continue Reading

Constitutional Law at the Court, Part 1 – How Many Civil Con Law Cases Does the Court Decide a Year?

Earlier this week at the Illinois Supreme Court Review, we began an intensive review of the Court’s caseload, one area of law at a time.  We began with the area of law most closely identified with courts of last resort – constitutional law.  Let’s start our review of the Court’s decisions with the civil constitutional … Continue Reading

Does the Time to Argument and Decision Correlate to How a Criminal Case is Decided?

Last time, we analyzed the data on lag times in civil cases – grant of review to oral argument and argument to decision – to determine whether lag time is correlated with the result in the case: do affirmances or reversals take longer?  We determined that there’s no consistent relationship over time between lag time … Continue Reading
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