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How Have Challengers to Government Powers, Actions and Procedures Fared Before the Supreme Court Since 1990 (2014-2019)?

The Supreme Court decided thirty-nine government and administrative law cases between 2014 and 2019: three in 2014, eleven per year in 2015 and 2016, nine in 2017, five in 2018 and none so far in 2019. The Court decided twenty-two cases between 2014 and 2019 which were won by the defender of government authority versus … Continue Reading

How Have Challengers to Government Powers, Actions and Procedures Fared Before the Supreme Court Since 1990 (2006-2013)?

Between 2006 and 2013, the Supreme Court decided forty-five cases involving government and administrative law issues: nine in 2006, ten in 2007, five in 2008, four in 2009, four in 2010, two in 2011, four in 2012 and seven in 2013. The caseload leaned a little bit towards cases won by the defenders of government … Continue Reading

How Have Non-Government Entities Fared in Cases Involving Governmental Agencies and Officers and Administrative Law (1998-2005)?

The Court’s docket of cases involving government entities and government/administrative law was down significantly from sixty-nine between 1990 and 1997 to forty-four from 1998 to 2005.  The Court decided four cases in 1998, five in 1999, seven in 2000, five in 2001, three in 2002, six in 2003, ten in 2004 and four in 2005. … Continue Reading

How Have Challengers to Government Powers, Actions and Procedures Fared Before the Supreme Court (1990-1997)?

This time, we’re turning our attention to a new area of the Court’s civil docket – cases involving the conduct, authority and procedures of government agencies and officers.  For our purposes in this and the three posts following, we’re defining “government” parties as anyone whose claim or defense is based upon the powers or conduct … Continue Reading

How Have Defendants Fared in Workers Compensation Cases Since 1990 (Part 4 of 4)

The Court has decided only three workers compensation cases since 2013 – two in 2015 and one in 2018. Two of the Supreme Court’s three workers compensation cases were won by defendants at the Court of Appeal. The two defendants who had won their cases at the Court of Appeal evenly split at the Supreme … Continue Reading

How Have Defendants Fared in Workers Compensation Cases Since 1990 (Part 3 of 4)

The Court decided six workers compensation cases from 2006 to 2013 – two in 2007, one each in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013. The Court’s light workers compensation docket consisted of four cases won by the plaintiffs below and only two involving defendants’ wins for these years. Defendants who won Workers Compensation cases below won … Continue Reading

How Have Defendants Fared in Workers Compensation Cases Since 1990 (Part 2 of 4)

Today, we’re continuing our review of the Supreme Court’s workers comp cases, turning our attention to the cases decided between 1998 and 2005. In all, the Court decided exactly the same number of cases 1998-2005 that it had 1990-1997: fourteen.  The Court decided three cases in 1998, one in 1999, two in 2000, six in … Continue Reading

How Have Defendants Fared in Workers Compensation Cases Since 1990?

As we continue our issue-by-issue examination of the Court’s voting patterns in various areas of law, this week and next we’re addressing the Court’s workers compensation decisions. Between 1990 and 1997, the Court decided fourteen workers compensation cases in all – one in 1990, two each in 1991 and 1992, five in 1993, none in … Continue Reading

How Have Defendants Fared in Civil Constitutional Law Cases (Part 4 of 4)?

Today, we’re finishing our trip through the Court’s docket of civil constitutional law cases, 1990-2018. Civil constitutional law cases have been comparatively uncommon on the Court’s docket from 2014 to 2019.  The Court has heard only fifteen cases in all: one in 2014, two each in 2015 and 2016, five in 2017, three in 2018 … Continue Reading

How Have Defendants Fared in Civil Constitutional Law Cases Since 1990 (Part 2)?

Last time, we reviewed the data for the Court’s civil constitutional law cases between 1990 and 1997.  This time, we’re looking at the numbers for the years 1998 to 2005. Constitutional law cases were slightly up for the years 1998 to 2005, with the Court deciding fifty-three civil constitutional law cases.  Specifically, the Court decided … Continue Reading

How Have Defendants Fared in Civil Constitutional Law Cases Since 1990 (Part 1)?

Today, we’re continuing our ongoing series of posts looking at the Court’s performance over the years, one area of law at a time.  This week, we’re looking at the Court’s history with civil constitutional law cases (for purposes of this analysis, we’re disregarding the constitutional law cases which arise in criminal cases). Between 1990 and … Continue Reading

How Have Tort Defendants Fared at the Supreme Court Since 1990 (Part 2 of 3)?

Last time, we began our in-depth review of the Court’s record in 1990 in tort cases.  Today, we’re continuing that analysis. Between 2000 and 2009, the Court’s tort docket continued to be mostly comprised of cases won by the plaintiffs below – 42 plaintiff wins, 33 defense wins.  Although the two sides’ contributions were tied … Continue Reading

How Have Tort Defendants Fared at the Supreme Court Since 1990 (Part 1)?

Last week, we reviewed the data on how the Supreme Court has handled insurance law cases since 1990 – both what sorts of cases the Court decides, which side typically prevails, and the individual Justices’ voting records on insurance cases.  This week (and next Thursday), we’ll be asking the same questions for the Court’s tort … Continue Reading

How Do the Illinois and California Supreme Courts’ Criminal Dockets Compare (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we began our comparison of the Illinois and California Supreme Courts’ criminal dockets for the past twenty-eight years.  We covered the years 1990 through 2003.  Today, we’re looking at the years 2004 to 2017. From 1990 to 2003, the Illinois Supreme Court wrote more criminal decisions than the California Supreme Court did.  Since that … Continue Reading

How Do the Illinois and California Supreme Court’s Criminal Dockets Compare (Part 1)?

Earlier this week, we began a multi-day crossover post at the Illinois Supreme Court Review, comparing the dockets of the Illinois and California Supreme Courts for the past twenty-eight years (1990-2017), and tracing how those Courts’ caseloads have evolved over that period.  In our first two posts, we addressed the Courts’ civil caseloads.  In this … Continue Reading

How Has the Court Decided Cases Involving Property Crimes Since 1990?

Yesterday, we looked at the Court’s history since 1990 with civil arbitration cases.  Today, we’re back on the criminal side of the docket, taking a closer look at the Court’s decision making in cases involving property crimes such as robbery, forgery and theft. Between 1990 and 2017, the Court’s cases were almost evenly split between … Continue Reading

How Has the Court Decided Arbitration Cases Since 1990?

Last week, we reviewed the year-by-year totals for the Court’s arbitration cases and cases involving property crimes.  Today, we’re taking a closer look at the data for arbitration cases. The Court’s 41 arbitration cases since 1990 have been almost equally split between defendants’ and plaintiffs’ wins – defendants’ wins from the Court of Appeal have … Continue Reading

How Many Cases Involving Property Crimes Does the Court Decide a Year?

Yesterday, we reviewed the yearly numbers of arbitration cases on the Court’s civil docket.  Today, we’re on the criminal side, looking at cases involving property crimes such as robbery, forgery and theft.  Since 1991, the Court has decided thirty-four cases involving the elements and defenses to property crimes. The Court decided one case per year … Continue Reading

How Has the Court Decided Criminal Cases Involving Sexual Offenses Since 1991?

Yesterday, we took a close look in the civil docket at the Court’s record since 1991 with employment law cases. Today, we’re on the criminal side of the docket, taking a further look at the Court’s cases involving sexual offenses. Over the entire twenty-seven year period, 52.38% of the Court’s criminal cases involving sexual offenses … Continue Reading

How Many Cases Involving Sexual Offenses Does the Court Decide a Year (1991-2017)?

Last time, we reviewed the Court’s year-by-year load of employment law cases. Today we’re on the criminal side of the docket, looking at the Court’s history with sexual offense cases. Since 1991, the Court has decided forty-two cases which primarily involved such issues. The Court had no such cases in 1991, two in 1992 and … Continue Reading

How Many Employment Law Cases Has the Court Decided a Year Since 1991?

Last week, we wrapped up our two-week consideration of the Court’s history with tax cases and attorney disciplinary matters.  This week and next, we’re turning to two new topics: on the civil side, the Court’s history with employment law.  On the criminal side, the Court’s cases primarily involving sex offense issues. Since 1991, the Court … Continue Reading
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