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Does Dissent at the Court of Appeal Predict Division in Criminal Cases at the Supreme Court?

Yesterday, we looked at the year-by-year data on the civil side, asking whether the presence of a dissent at the Court of Appeal level is reliably correlated with one or more dissenters at the Supreme Court level.  Today, we’re turning our attention to the criminal side of the docket. In Table 418, we compare the … Continue Reading

Does Dissent at the Court of Appeal Predict Division in Civil Cases at the Supreme Court?

Last time, we tested the often-heard view that a case which didn’t have a dissenter at the Court of Appeal has no chance of getting Supreme Court review.  This week, we’re testing a different correlation for dissent below – does it help predict dissent at the Supreme Court?  One would think the answer might be … Continue Reading

Which Counties Produce the Court’s Criminal Docket (Part 7)?

Yesterday, we reviewed the second half of the list of counties which produced the Supreme Court’s civil docket from 1994 through 2017.  Today, we’re wrapping up the list on the criminal, quasi-criminal, juvenile and disciplinary side of the docket. Overall, Yolo County has accounted for 0.61% of the Court’s total criminal caseload.  Placer and Butte … Continue Reading

Which Counties Produce the Court’s Civil Docket (Part 7)?

For the past several weeks, we’ve been looking at the data for which Superior Courts have produced the largest share, year by year, of the Court’s civil and criminal dockets.  Last week, we began looking at the overall numbers for the years 1994 through 2017, reviewing the most frequent counties on the Court’s docket.  This … Continue Reading

Which Counties Produce the Court’s Criminal Docket (Part 6)?

Yesterday, we reviewed the collective data for the years 1994 through 2017 to determine the leading geographical sources of the Court’s civil docket.  Today, we’re looking at the leading sources of the Court’s criminal docket. Los Angeles County accounted for 27.4% of the Court’s criminal docket.  San Diego and Orange counties were next, producing 8.63% … Continue Reading

Which Counties Produce the Court’s Civil Docket (Part 6)?

For the past five weeks, we’ve reviewed the year-by-year data for which trial courts have produced the Supreme Court’s civil and criminal dockets from 1994 through 2017.  This week, we’re summarizing the entire twenty-four years – today, the civil docket, and tomorrow, the criminal cases. Between 1994 and 2017, the Court has decided 1,056 civil … Continue Reading

Which Counties Produce the Court’s Criminal Docket (Part 5)?

Yesterday, we reviewed the geographical sources of the Court’s civil docket from 2014 through 2017.  Today, we’re looking at the data for the criminal, quasi-criminal and disciplinary docket. The Court decided nineteen criminal cases in 2014 which originated in Los Angeles.  The Court decided six cases from Riverside, five from Orange County, four from Sacramento … Continue Reading

Which Counties Produce the Court’s Civil Docket (Part 5)?

For the past several weeks, we’ve been reviewing the year by year data relating to which counties have produced the Supreme Court’s civil and criminal dockets.  This week, we’ve reached our final part – the years 2014 through 2017.  First up – the civil docket. In 2014, the Court decided ten civil cases from Los … Continue Reading

What Counties Produce the Court’s Criminal Docket (Part 4)?

In our last post, we looked at the originating trial courts for the Supreme Court’s civil docket for the years 2009 through 2013.  With this post, we’re looking at the Court’s criminal docket for the same years. In 2009, the Court decided a dozen criminal cases from Los Angeles.  The Court decided five cases from … Continue Reading

What Counties Produce the Court’s Civil Docket (Part 4)?

For the past several weeks, we’ve been reviewing the trial courts which produced the Supreme Court’s civil and criminal dockets since 1994.  This week, we’re looking at the years 2009 through 2013 – first up, the civil docket. The Supreme Court decided only a dozen civil cases from Los Angeles in 2009.  The Court decided … Continue Reading

Which Counties Produce the Court’s Criminal Docket (Part 3)?

Yesterday, we reviewed which counties produced the Supreme Court’s civil docket, year by year, for the years 2004 through 2008.  Today, we’re looking at the criminal docket for the same years. In 2004, the Court decided sixteen criminal cases from the Los Angeles Superior Court.  It decided nine cases from San Diego, five cases from … Continue Reading

Which Counties Produce the Court’s Civil Docket (Part 3)?

For the past two weeks, we’ve been considering which county trial courts produce the Court’s civil and criminal dockets, year by year.  This week, we’re looking at the data for the years 2004 through 2008. In 2008, the Court decided twenty-two civil cases from Los Angeles County.  The Court decided seven cases from San Francisco, … Continue Reading

Which Counties Produce the Court’s Criminal Docket (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we reviewed the year by year data on which trial courts produced the Court’s civil docket for the years 1999 through 2003.  Today, we’re looking at the criminal docket. In 1999, the Court decided nineteen criminal cases from Los Angeles County.  The rest of the docket was quite spread out.  The Court decided three … Continue Reading

Which Counties Produce the Court’s Criminal Docket (Part 1)?

Yesterday, we reviewed the counties which produced the Supreme Court’s civil docket for the years 1994 through 1998.  Today, we’re reviewing the Court’s criminal docket for the same years. In 1994, the Court decided nine criminal cases from Los Angeles.  The Court decided six cases from San Diego, three from Orange, Riverside and Santa Clara … Continue Reading

Which Counties Produce the Court’s Civil Docket (Part 1)?

Last week, we completed our review of the government’s winning percentage in civil cases between 1994 and the present.  This week, we’re beginning a new subject – which trial courts accounted for the Court’s civil and criminal dockets?  First up: the civil docket for the years 1994 through 1998. In 1994, the Court decided fifteen … Continue Reading

How Often Do Governmental Entities Win Their Civil Appeals (Part 4)?

For the past two weeks, we’ve been reviewing the government’s winning percentage as appellant in civil appeals at the California Supreme Court, year by year and by area of law.  Today, we complete our survey, looking at the years 2013 through 2016. Government appeals were not only a bit less common during these years than … Continue Reading

How Often Do Governmental Entities Win Their Civil Appeals (Part 3)?

Last week, we began reviewing the winning percentage in civil cases of governmental entity appellants, year by year and one area of law at a time.  We began with the years 1994 through 2005.  This week, we’re reviewing the most recent years, starting today with the data for the years 2006 through 2012. Overall for … Continue Reading

How Often Do Governmental Entities Win Their Civil Appeals (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we reviewed governmental entities’ winning percentage, year by year and area of law by area of civil law, for the years 1994 through 1999. Today, we turn our attention to the years 2000 through 2005. The government won both of its two cases arising in government and administrative law in 2000, and its one … Continue Reading

How Often Do Governmental Entities Win Their Civil Appeals (Part 1)?

For the past few weeks, we’ve been studying appeals brought to the California Supreme Court by governmental entities – specifically, which areas do governmental entities tend to most often appeal in civil cases? This week, we begin our look at the natural follow-up question: how often do governmental entities win those appeals? We begin with … Continue Reading

What Areas of Law Does the Government Appeal in Civil Cases (Part 4)?

Last time, we reviewed the areas of the law which governmental entities appealed between 2006 and 2012.  Today, we complete the cycle, reviewing the years 2013 through 2016. The most striking thing about the Court’s civil docket between 2013 and 2016 as it relates to governmental entity appellants is just how few of them there … Continue Reading

What Areas of Law Does the Government Appeal in Civil Cases (Part 3)?

Last week, we reviewed the year-by-year data for the areas of law in which the government has appealed from 1990 through 2005. Today, we address the record for the years 2006 through 2012. Surprisingly, the leading area of law for the court’s governmental entity cases between 2006 and 2012 was environmental law at 12 cases. … Continue Reading
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