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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

What Areas of Law Does the Government Appeal in Civil Cases (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we began reviewing the areas of law in which government entities have pursued civil appeals since 1994.  Today, we’re addressing the years 2000 through 2005. Like our previous period, constitutional law and government and administrative law cases dominated the docket of cases appealed by government entities.  Government entities appealed eighteen constitutional law cases, a … Continue Reading

What Areas of Law Does the Government Appeal in Civil Cases (Part 1)?

For the past two weeks, we’ve been considering how the Court’s civil and criminal cases were distributed among the Districts and Divisions of the Court of Appeal.  This week, we consider the same issue we began at the Illinois Supreme Court Review earlier in the week – which areas of law did government entities pursue … Continue Reading

The Areas of Law From Which the California Supreme Court Draws Its Criminal Docket – Overall Conclusions

Today, we conclude our analysis of the areas of law comprising the California Supreme Court’s criminal docket. In Table 82 below, we report the numbers of cases falling in each area of law from 2000 to 2015.  Automatic death penalty appeals accounted for 331 of the Court’s 969 criminal cases.  The Court decided 154 criminal … Continue Reading

The Areas of Law From Which the California Supreme Court Draws Its Civil Docket – Overall Conclusions

For the past six weeks, we’ve been analyzing the year-by-year evolution of the areas of law covered by the California Supreme Court’s civil and criminal dockets.  I once read a quote from an appellate judge who commented that every jurisdiction completely restates its law every twenty years.  Since our data library covers nearly that long … Continue Reading

What Areas of Law Does the California Supreme Court Draw Its Criminal Docket From (2013-2015)?

Today, we conclude our review of the areas of law which the California Supreme Court draws its civil and criminal dockets from with a look at the Court’s criminal docket over the past three years. In 2013, automatic death penalty appeals accounted for 35.29% of the criminal docket.  As always, the next most frequent area … Continue Reading

What Areas of Law Does the California Supreme Court Draw Its Criminal Docket From (2010-2012)?

For the past several weeks, we’ve been reviewing the areas of law from which the California Supreme Court has drawn its civil and criminal docket in the years since 2000.  Today and tomorrow, we’ll address the criminal docket in the years 2010 through 2015. In Table 74 below, we report the breakdown for the Supreme … Continue Reading

What Areas of Law Does the California Supreme Court Draw Its Civil Docket From (2013-2015)?

Today, we wrap up our analysis of the areas of law which have comprised the California Supreme Court’s civil docket over the past sixteen years, focusing on the civil docket for the years 2013 through 2015. Government and administrative law jumped to the top spot in the civil docket for 2013, accounting for 18.92% of … Continue Reading

What Areas of Law Does the California Supreme Court Draw Its Civil Docket From (2010-2012)?

For the past several weeks, we’ve been reviewing the areas of law which the California Supreme Court has drawn its civil and criminal dockets from during the years 2000 to 2015.  This week, we address the civil docket between 2010 and 2015. For 2010, employment was far in front of every other area, contributing nine … Continue Reading

What Areas of Law Does the California Supreme Court Draw Its Criminal Docket From (2008-2009)?

Today, we continue our analysis of the areas of law covered by the California Supreme Court in its civil and criminal dockets by addressing the criminal dockets during the years 2008 and 2009. In 2008, the Court decided 26 automatic death penalty appeals, but with the criminal side of the docket slightly busier, the death … Continue Reading

What Areas of Law Does the California Supreme Court Draw Its Criminal Docket From (2005-2007)?

For the past two weeks, we’ve been reviewing the areas of law covered by the California Supreme Court’s civil and criminal dockets, year by year, beginning in 2000.  Today and tomorrow, we address the criminal docket between 2005 and 2009. Death penalty appeals were up sharply in 2005.  The Court decided 25 automatic death penalty … Continue Reading

What Areas of Law Does the California Supreme Court Draw Its Criminal Docket From (2003-2004)

Yesterday, we addressed the areas of law comprising the California Supreme Court’s criminal docket between 2000 and 2002.  Today, we turn to the final two years of this initial five-year period – 2003 and 2004. Death penalty decisions were up sharply in 2003.  The Court decided 19 death penalty appeals in 2003, accounting for 30.65% … Continue Reading

What Areas of Law Does the California Supreme Court Draw Its Civil Docket From (2003-2004)

Yesterday, we began our review of the areas of law producing the California Supreme Court’s civil and criminal dockets between 2000 and 2002.  Today, we address the civil docket for the years 2003 and 2004. The data for 2003 is reported below in Table 51.  Tort law cases were down significantly, but were still the … Continue Reading

What Areas of Law Does the California Supreme Court Draw Its Civil Docket From (2000-2002)

Last week, we wrapped up our detailed analysis of the originating jurisdictions for the California Supreme Court’s civil, criminal and automatic appeal death penalty dockets between 2000 and 2015.  Today, we begin a new phase of our analysis – what areas of the law does the Court draw its docket from? In Table 48 below, … Continue Reading
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