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How Has the Length of the Court’s Opinions in Criminal Cases Changed Over Time (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we began our review of the year-to-year average length of the Court’s opinions in criminal cases – majority opinions, concurrences and dissents, beginning with the years 1990 to 2003.  Today, we’re looking at the years 2004 through 2017. Across the entire fourteen-year period, there is some evidence that majority opinions have edged a bit … Continue Reading

How Has the Length of the Court’s Opinions in Criminal Cases Changed Over Time (Part 1)?

Last week, we reviewed the year-by-year data on the length of the Court’s opinions in civil cases – majorities, concurrences and dissents.  We were looking at two questions: first, are opinions getting longer (or shorter) over time, and second, is there a relationship between longer dissents and longer majorities?  This week, we’re looking at the … Continue Reading

How Has the Length of the Court’s Opinions in Civil Cases Evolved Over Time (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we reviewed the average length of the Court’s opinions – majorities, concurrences and dissents – for the years 1990 through 2003.  Today, we’re bringing the numbers up to the present day. We noted yesterday that majority opinions seemed to have gotten slightly longer on average for the years 1990 through 2003.  For the years … Continue Reading

How Has the Length of the Court’s Opinions in Civil Cases Evolved Over Time (Part 1)?

This week, we’re turning our attention to a new subject – how has the average length of the Court’s majority, concurring and dissenting opinions in civil cases changed between 1990 and 2017?  In studying the numbers, we’re looking for evidence on two points: are opinions getting consistently longer or shorter, whether because of the evolution … Continue Reading

Which Justices File Concurrences Most Often in Criminal Cases (Part 2 – 2008-2015)?

Yesterday, we looked at which Justices have filed the most concurrences, year by year, in civil cases since 2008.  Today, we turn our attention to the criminal side of the docket. Despite having not joined the Court until the fall of 2011, there’s no question that Justice Liu files the most concurrences in criminal cases.  … Continue Reading

Which Justices File Concurrences Most Often in Civil Cases (Part 2 – 2008-2015)?

Last week, we began our analysis of the frequency and length of concurrences since 2000.  This week, we’ll be looking at the Court’s most recent history – 2008-2015.  We’ll begin today with the civil docket. For the years 2008 through 2011, the most frequent author of concurrences on the Court was Justice Werdegar.  Since that … Continue Reading

Which Justices File Concurrences Most Often in Criminal Cases (Part 1 – 2000-2007)?

Yesterday, we analyzed the Justices’ concurrences in civil cases between 2000 and 2007.  Today, we turn our attention to the Court’s criminal cases between 2000 and 2007. Concurrences were on a downward slope during these years.  The Court’s most busy year was 2000, when there were 28 concurrences filed in criminal, quasi-criminal and juvenile matters.  … Continue Reading

Which Justices File Concurrences Most Often in Civil Cases (Part 1 – 2000-2007)?

Last week, we completed our analysis of which Justices of the Court have written the most (and least) dissents on both the civil and criminal sides of the docket since 2000, and which Justices tend to write the longest dissents.  So the obvious follow-up is to look at concurrences.  On the one hand, there are … Continue Reading
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