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Can a Winner Be Predicted In California Supreme Court Criminal Case Oral Arguments?

Yesterday, we surveyed the academic literature in oral argument analytics and then reviewed the data for 2016-2020 civil cases from the Supreme Court.  Today, we’re looking at the criminal docket. Between its earliest posted arguments in 2016 and the end of August, the Court asked 8,256 questions in criminal, quasi-criminal, juvenile and mental health matters: … Continue Reading

What Kinds of Civil Constitutional Law Cases Does the Supreme Court Decide (Part 2 – 2005-2019)?

Between 2005 and 2019, the Supreme Court decided 53 civil constitutional law cases.  Thirty-two of those cases involved challenges to state government actions.  Ten cases involved claims of individual rights.  Seven cases involved civil procedure and judicial issues.  Finally, four cases related to challenges to local government actions. Join us back here next Thursday as … Continue Reading

What Kinds of Civil Constitutional Law Cases Does the Supreme Court Decide (Part 1 – 1990-2004)?

In the past two weeks, we’ve taken a deeper look at the Supreme Court’s cases in two areas of law, asking which sub-areas those cases fall in.  Today, we’re moving on to another subject – civil constitutional law cases. Between 1990 and 2004, the Supreme Court decided ninety-six civil constitutional law cases.  Just short of … Continue Reading

What Kinds of Insurance Cases Did the Supreme Court Decide (Part 1 – 1990-2004)?

Last week, we drilled down on the Supreme Court’s tort cases, looking year by year at what sub-areas of tort law produced the Court’s cases.  This week, we’re doing the same thing for the Court’s docket of insurance cases.  We’re dividing the field of insurance law into six sub-areas: coverage; separate torts against insurers (outside … Continue Reading

What Kinds of Insurance Cases Did the Supreme Court Decide (Part 2 – 2005-2019)?

Between 2005 and 2019, the Supreme Court decided only 29 insurance cases – far fewer than in our first 15 years.  Fourteen of those cases involved coverage questions (although four of those fourteen fell in a single year – 2005).  Three involved insurer torts, four dealt with exclusions, only two addressed defenses, three related to … Continue Reading

What Kinds of Tort Cases Does the Supreme Court Decide (Part 2 – 2005-2019)?

Between 2005 and 2019, the Supreme Court decided 73 tort cases (a sharp reduction from the 137 tort cases decided in the preceding 15 years).  The most frequent sub-area in the docket was once again duty, which accounted for 31 cases (but none in 2006, 2010, 2015 or 2019).  There were 25 cases involving tort … Continue Reading

What Kinds of Tort Cases Does the Supreme Court Decide (Part 1 – 1990-2004)?

For the past few months, we’ve been taking a detailed look at the Court’s results record and the individual Justices’ voting records in various areas of the civil and criminal law.  Today, we begin a new series of posts drilling down on that earlier project to specific sub-areas of law.  What are the sub-areas within … Continue Reading

How Has Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye Voted in Employment Law Cases?

Since joining the Court, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye has participated in 28 employment law cases.  She has voted for defendants’ position in a dozen cases and voted against defendants 16 times.  Between 2011 and 2015, she voted for defendants in seven of fourteen cases.  Between 2016 and 2019, she voted for defendants in five of fourteen … Continue Reading

How Did Employment Law Defendants Fare at the Supreme Court From 2000 to 2009?

Between 2000 and 2009, the Supreme Court decided 51 employment law cases.  Defendants won 27 of those cases and plaintiffs prevailed in 24.  Between 2000 and 2004, defendants won ten cases and lost 13 times.  Between 2005 and 2009, defendants won 17 cases and lost 11. Between 2000 and 2009, the Court decided 29 employment … Continue Reading

How Have Justices Kruger and Groban Voted in Criminal Sentencing Cases?

Justice Kruger has participated in 35 criminal sentencing cases since joining the Court.  She has voted for defendants in 15 of those cases and against defendants 20 times. Ten of those 35 cases were won by defendants below.  Justice Kruger has voted to affirm in six of those ten cases. The remaining 25 cases were … Continue Reading

How Has Justice Cuellar Voted in Criminal Sentencing Cases?

Justice Cuellar participated in 35 criminal sentencing cases between joining the Court in 2015 and the end of 2019.  He has supported defendants’ position in 18 of those cases and voted against defendants 17 times. Ten of those cases were won by the defendants at the Court of Appeal.  Justice Cuellar has voted to affirm … Continue Reading

How Has Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye Voted in Criminal Sentencing Cases?

Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye has participated in 56 criminal sentencing cases since joining the Court.  She has voted for defendants in 26 cases and against them 30 times.  From 2011 to 2014, she voted for defendants in 11 of 21 cases.  From 2015 to 2019, she voted for defendants 15 times and against them in 20 … Continue Reading

How Has Justice Corrigan Voted in Criminal Sentencing Cases?

Justice Corrigan has participated in 96 criminal sentencing cases since joining the Court, supporting defendants in 36 cases and voting against defendants 60 times.  From 2006 to 2009, she voted for defendants in seven of 24 cases.  From 2010 to 2014, she voted for defendants in 14 cases and against them 23 times.  From 2015 … Continue Reading

How Did Defendants Fare in Criminal Sentencing Cases at the Supreme Court 2010-2019?

Between 2010 and 2019, the Court has decided 72 criminal sentencing cases, finding for defendants 30 times and against them in 42 cases.  From 2010 to 2014, the Court found for defendants 14 times and against them in 23 cases.  From 2015 to 2019, the Court found for defendants 16 times and against them in … Continue Reading
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