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Are Criminal Cases With a Dissent More Often Reversed?

Yesterday, we reviewed the year by year data, studying whether Court of Appeal cases with a dissenter were more often reversed than unanimous decisions.  Today, we’re studying the Court’s criminal cases. The answer for criminal cases is clear: yes, cases with a dissent are more likely to be reversed than unanimous decisions, generally by a … Continue Reading

Are Published Criminal Cases More Often Reversed?

Last week, we looked at the data on how prevalent unpublished Court of Appeal opinions are in the Court’s civil and criminal dockets.  Yesterday, we looked at a related question: are published Court of Appeal opinions in civil cases reversed by the Supreme Court at a consistently higher (or lower) rate than unpublished decisions are?  … Continue Reading

Are Published Civil Cases From the Court of Appeal More Often Reversed by the Supreme Court?

Last week, we tracked the yearly data as to how high a portion of the Court’s docket on both the civil and criminal sides consisted of published decisions from the Court of Appeal.  This week, we’re analyzing another aspect of the difference between published and unpublished Court of Appeal decisions.  Are decisions which were published … Continue Reading

How Many of the Court’s Criminal Cases are Published at the Court of Appeal?

Yesterday, we reviewed the year-by-year data, looking at how much of the Court’s civil docket is cases which were published at the Court of Appeal.  We found that fairly consistently for the past twenty-four years, the Court has averaged between sixty and eighty percent of its civil docket in published cases. It’s a very different … Continue Reading

How Many of the Court’s Civil Cases Are Published at the Court of Appeal?

Last time, we were evaluating how much of the Court’s civil and criminal dockets came from divided Court of Appeal decisions, and whether decisions with a dissenter typically took longer to decide at the Supreme Court level.  This week, we’re looking at a new issue – how much of the Court’s docket is accounted for … Continue Reading

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
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