This time, we’re reviewing the reversal rates in civil cases from 1990 to 2020 for the areas of California outside of Los Angeles’ Second District – the First District (San Francisco) and the Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Districts.

Division 4 of the First District had the worst reversal rate in this group – 74.07%. 

This week, we’re beginning a detailed look at the reversal rates, District by District and Division by Division, for the Court of Appeal in the Supreme Court.  First up, reversal rates for Los Angeles’ Second District.

Between 1990 and 2020, Division Four of the Second District had the highest reversal rate at 68.18%.  Division One

Last time, we reviewed the Court’s civil cases, asking whether divided decisions from the Court of Appeal were more likely to be reversed in whole or in part than unanimous ones.  This time, we’re turning our attention to the criminal cases and finding a very different result.

In only four of the past thirty-one years

Two weeks ago, we addressed the question of how common cases with a dissent at the Court of Appeal were on the Supreme Court’s docket.  Our analysis illuminated the issue of whether it’s true that there’s no point in pursuing a petition for review from a unanimous Court of Appeal decision.

This week, we’re digging

Last time, we reviewed the share of the Supreme Court’s civil caseload made up of decisions with a dissenter at the Court of Appeal.  Now let’s look at the criminal cases.

It turns out dissenters are even less important on the criminal side.  In 1990, only 1.25% of the criminal docket had a dissenter below. 

Last week we looked at the frequently heard claim that getting Supreme Court review of an unpublished decision of the Court of Appeal is a hopeless task.  This week, we’re looking at a similar bit of conventional wisdom – the Supreme Court doesn’t review unanimous decisions from the Court of Appeal.

In the table below,

Today, we’re concluding our survey of the originating trial courts for the Supreme Court’s criminal cases from the Sixth District, looking at the numbers for the years 2005 to 2019.

In 2005, the Court decided two criminal cases from Santa Clara county.  In 2006, there were four Santa Clara cases and one each from San

Last week, we reviewed the data on which counties accounted for the Sixth District’s civil cases decided by the Supreme Court since 1990.  This week, we’re looking at the criminal cases.

In 1990, the Court decided one criminal case each from Santa Clara and Monterey counties.  In 1991 and 1992, the Court decided three cases

This week and next, we’re concluding our trip through the data for the counties of California’s six Court of Appeal districts with the civil and criminal cases from the Sixth District.  The Sixth encompasses only four counties: Santa Clara (by far the biggest), San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey.  Civil cases from the Sixth District