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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 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

What’s the Government’s Winning Percentage in Criminal Appeals?

Yesterday, we reviewed the year-by-year data on the State’s appearances as appellant and respondent in criminal cases from 1994 to 2016.  Today, we review the State’s winning percentage in each role. The State won 80.95% of its cases as petition in 1994, 93.75% in 1995, 64.29% in 1996 and 88.89% in 1997.  The State won … Continue Reading

How Many Criminal Appeals Are the Result of Government Appeals?

Last week, we reviewed how often public entities appeared as appellant and respondent in civil cases, and how often the public entities prevailed.  This week, we review the Court’s experience in criminal cases. The Court decided twenty-one criminal cases in 1994 where the State was the appellant.  The Court heard sixteen such cases in 1995, … Continue Reading

How Often Do Governmental Entities Win in Civil Cases?

Last week, we began our review of the Court’s experience with governmental entities.  This week, we’re evaluating governmental entities’ winning percentage. Petitioners won 85.71% of their cases in 1994, 59.09% in 1995 and 100% in 1996.   Petitioners won 85.71% in 1997, 64.29% in 1998, 57.14% in 1999 and 71.43% in 2000. In 2001, petitioners won … Continue Reading

How Common Are Governmental Parties in the Court’s Civil Docket?

For the past several weeks, we’ve looked at the Court’s record with death penalty appeals.  This week and next, we’re looking at the Court’s record with parties that are governmental entities. In Table 308, we report the year-by-year data for governmental entity petitioners, beginning in 1994.  The numbers have varied widely.  The Court decided seven … Continue Reading
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