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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

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
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