How Were the Court’s Criminal Cases Distributed at the Court of Appeal (Part 4)?

Yesterday, we discussed which Districts and Divisions of the Court of Appeal produced the Supreme Court’s criminal docket for the years 2006 through 2011. Today, we finish the story, reviewing the years 2012 through 2017 (year-to-date).

Only twenty of the Court’s 311 criminal cases for the years 2012 through 2017 originated in the First District.  The Court has decided one case from Division One of the First District in 2014 and one in 2017.  The Court decided three cases from Division Two in 2012 and one in 2014 and 2015.  One case per year originated in Division Three in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. The Court decided one case per year from Division Four in 2012, 2013 and 2015.  Three cases originated in Division Five in 2012, two in 2015 and one in 2014.

Forty-eight of the Court’s 311 criminal cases came from the Second District – 15.43% of the docket.  The Court decided three cases from Division One in 2013, two in 2012 and one in 2015 and 2016.  The Court decided one case per year from Division Two in 2014, 2015 and 2017.  Two cases came from Division Three in 2014 and one per year in 2012, 2015 and 2016.  Two cases per year came from Division Four in 2012 and 2013, and one case in 2014.  The Court decided four cases from Division Five in 2016, two in 2012 and one per year in 2013, 2014 and so far in 2017.  Two cases originated in Division Six in 2014 and one per year in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017.  The Court decided three cases from Division Seven in 2014 and one in 2013.  Three cases have come from Division Eight so far in 2017, two in 2012 and 2016 and one per year in 2013 and 2014.

The Court decided twenty-two criminal cases from the Third District.  The Court decided eleven cases in 2012, three in 2014 and 2016, two in 2015 and so far in 2017 and one in 2013.  The Court has decided sixty-two criminal cases from the Fourth District.  The Court decided seven cases from Division One in 2012, five in 2013, four per year in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and three in 2014.  The Court has decided six criminal cases so far this year from Division Two, three in 2012 and 2015 and two per year in 2013 and 2014.  The Court decided seven cases from Division three in 2016, three in 2012, 2013 and 2015, two in 2014 and one so far in 2017.  The Court decided five criminal cases originating in the Fifth District in 2012, four in 2013 and two in 2017.  The Court decided five cases from the Sixth District in 2013, four in 2012 and 2015, three in 2014 and 2016 and one so far in 2017.

The Court decided twenty-seven direct appeals in 2012, nineteen in 2013, twenty-four in 2014, seventeen in 2015, twenty-six in 2016 and nine so far in 2017.  Only two cases have arisen from the Court’s original jurisdiction – one each in 2014 and 2015.  The Court decided one criminal case as a certified question in 2013.  Finally, the Court decided two attorney disciplinary cases in 2014 and one in 2015.

Join us back here next Thursday as we begin the next stage in our ongoing analysis of the California Supreme Court’s decision making.

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How Were the Court’s Criminal Cases Distributed at the Court of Appeal (Part 3)?

Last week, we began analyzing how the Supreme Court’s criminal docket since 1994 has been distributed among the Districts and Divisions of the Court of Appeal.  Today, we address the years 2006 through 2011.

Only 6.87% of the Court’s criminal cases arose from the First District in the years 2006 through 2011 – 25 of 364 cases.  Two cases came from Division One in 2007 and one in 2008.  Two came from Division Two in 2006, 2007 and 2011 and one per year in 2008, 2009 and 2010.  The Court decided one cases from Division Three in 2006 and 2009.  The Court decided two cases from Division Four in 2009 and one in 2006.  The Court decided four cases from Division Five in 2010, three in 2006 and one in 2008.

Fifty-nine of the Court’s 364 cases – 16.21% – came from Los Angeles’ Second District.  The Court decided one case per year from Division One of the Second District in 2008, 2010 and 2011.  The Court decided four cases from Division Two in 2007 and one each in 2006 and 2009.  The Court decided four cases from Division Three in 2010 and two in 2006 and 2008.  The Court decided four cases from Division Four in 2007, three in 2009 and one in 2008.  The Court decided three cases from Division Five in 2010, two in 2008 and one per year in 2009 and 2011.  Four cases came from Division Six in 2010, three in 2008, two in 2007 and 2011 and one in 2006 and 2009.  The Court heard five cases from Division Seven in 2008 and one per year in 2006, 2007 and 2009.  Finally, the Court decided two cases from Division Eight in 2007 and one per year in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

The Court decided thirty-two cases from the Third District – eight in 2009, seven in 2006 and 2008, six in 2010, three in 2011 and one in 2007.  The Court decided fifty-two cases from San Diego’s Fourth District.  The Court decided eight cases from Division One in 2010, four in 2007 and 2011, three in 2009 and two in 2008.  The Court decided five cases from Division Two in 2007, four in 2008 and 2010, three in 2011 and one per year in 2006 and 2009.  The Court decided four cases from Division Three in 2008, three per year in 2007 and 2010, two in 2011 and one in 2006.  The Court decided four cases from the Fifth District in 2009, three in 2006, 2007 and 2011 and one in 2008 and 2010.  The Court decided six cases from the Sixth District in 2006 and 2009, three in 2007, two in 2008 and 2010 and one in 2011.  The Court decided twenty-two direct appeals in 2006, twenty-five in 2007, twenty-eight in 2008, twenty-seven in 2009, thirty-one in 2010 and twenty-eight in 2011.

Join us back here tomorrow as we review the Court’s criminal cases from 2012 through 2017.

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How Were the Court’s Criminal Cases Distributed at the Court of Appeal (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we began our review of the origins in the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court’s criminal docket. Today, we continue with the years 2000 through 2005.

The Court decided thirty-four cases from the First District during these six years. Cases from Division One were few and far between – one each from 2000, 2004 and 2005, and that’s it. The Court decided two cases from Division Two in 2002 and one each in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2005. The Court decided two cases per year from Division Three in 2001 and 2004 and one in 2002 and 2005. The Court decided five cases from Division Four in 2002 and 2004 and one per year in 2001 and 2005. The Court decided two cases from Division Five in 2003 and 2004 and one per year in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

The Court decided eighty-five cases in all from District Two. The Court decided six cases from Division One in 2000 and 2002 and one in 2003 and 2004. The Court decided three cases from Division Two in 2001 and one each in 2000, 2002 and 2005. The Court decided three cases per year from Division Three in 2000 and 2001 and two per year in 2002, 2003 and 2004. The Court decided four cases from Division Four in 2000 and 2001, three in 2002 and 2003 and two in 2005. The Court decided three cases from Division Five in 2002, two in 2000 and 2001, and one per year in 2004 and 2005. The Court decided three cases from Division Six in 2000, two in 2004 and one per year in 2001 and 2002. The Court decided five cases from Division Seven in 2003, four in 2001 and 2004, three in 2000, two in 2005 and one in 2002. The Court decided two cases from Division Eight in 2005.

We report the data for the remainder of the state in Table 341. The Court decided ten cases from the Third District in 2004, seven in 2001, five in 2003, four in 2002, three in 2005 and one in 2000. The Court decided nine cases from Division One of the Fourth District in 2002 and 2004, five in 2000, three in 2003 and two in 2005. The Court decided five cases from Division Two of the Fourth District in 2001, four in 2004 and one per year in 2003 and 2005. The Court decided six cases from Division Three of the Fourth District in 2002 and 2003, four per year in 2001 and 2005, two in 2000 and one in 2004. The Court decided nine cases from the Fifth District in 2003, seven in 2005, six in 2002 and one per year in 2000, 2001 and 2004. The Court decided four cases per year from the Sixth District in 2000 and 2001, three in 2004, two in 2002 and 2005, and one in 2003.

The Court decided fifteen direct appeals in 2000, thirteen in 2001, sixteen in 2002, twenty-four in 2003, twenty-five in 2004 and twenty-nine direct cases in 2005. The Court decided two cases per year falling under the Court’s original jurisdiction in 2001 and 2002. The Court decided two cases from the Bar Court in 2000 and 2001 and one in 2005.

Join us next Thursday as we continue our examination of the Court’s criminal docket.

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How Were the Court’s Criminal Cases Distributed at the Court of Appeal (Part 1)?

For the last couple of weeks, we’ve been reviewing the Supreme Court’s experience with criminal cases, beginning with the years 1990 through 2005. This week, we begin our trip through the Supreme Court’s criminal docket.

As we discussed two weeks ago, the First District accounted for 16.12% of the state’s population in 1990. The Court decided thirty-five cases from the First District out of a total criminal caseload of 262 – 13.36% of the Court’s total caseload. The Court decided two cases from Division One in 1996 and one in 1997, 1998 and 1999. The Court decided three cases from Division Two in 1996 and one each in 1995, 1997 and 1999. The Court decided six cases from Division Three in 1999, two in 1994 and one per year each year from 1995 through 1998. The Court decided three cases from Division Five in 1995 and one per year in 1994, 1996, 1998 and 1999.

The Court decided fifty cases in all from Los Angeles’ Second District. The Court decided two cases from Division One in 1994 and 1998 and one each year from 1995 through 1997 and in 1999. The Court decided two cases from Division Two in 1999 and one per year in 1994 and 1996-1998. The Court decided two cases from Division Three in 1999 and one cases per year 1994-1997. The Court decided three cases from Division Four in 1999, two in 1998 and one in 1997. The Court decided three cases from Division Five in 1998, two in 1997 and one in 1995. The Court decided four cases from Division Six in 1999, three in 1995 and one per year in 1996 and 1998. The Court decided three cases from Division Seven in 1999, two in 1996 and 1998 and one per year in 1994 and 1995. The Court decided no cases from Division Eight of the Second District.

The Court decided three cases from Division Three in 1994 and 1999, two in 1997 and one in 1995 and 1998. The Court decided forty-eight cases from San Diego’s Fourth District in these years. The Court decided seven cases from Division One of the Fourth District, four in 1996, two in 1998 and one per year in 1997 and 1999. The Court decided four cases per year from Division Two in 1994 and 1998, two in 1997 and 1999 and one per year in 1995 and 1996. The Court decided six cases per year from Division Three in 1997, four in 1994, three in 1999 and two per year in 1994 and 1998. The Court decided three cases per year 1994-1996, and two per year 1997-1999. The Court decided six cases from the Sixth District in 1995, five in 1996, four in 1994 and 1997, three in 1999 and one in 1998.

The Court decided eighteen direct appeals in 1998, seventeen in 1995, sixteen in 1997, fourteen in 1996, ten in 1999 and eight in 1994. The Court decided one criminal case within its original jurisdiction in 1995. The Court decided three cases from the State Bar Court in 1995 and one in 1998.

Join us back here tomorrow as review the Court’s criminal docket for the years 2000 through 2005.

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How Were the Court’s Civil Cases Distributed at the Court of Appeals (Part 4)?

Yesterday, we reviewed the year-by-year data for the distribution of the Court’s civil docket among the Districts and Divisions of the Court of Appeal. Today, we review the most recent data, from 2012 to year-to-date 2017.

The Court heard twenty-four cases from the First District during this time. The Court decided one case from Division One each year from 2013 to 2017; one case from Division Two in 2012-2013 and 2016-2017, and one case from Division Three in 2013 and 2015-2017. The Court decided two cases from Division Four in 2012 and 2015 and one case per year in 2013, 2014 and 2017. The Court decided one case a year from Division Five of the First District in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017.

The Court decided eighty-five civil cases from the Second District during this period. The Court decided seven cases from Division One of the Second District in 2016, three in 2013, two in 2012, 2015 and to-date in 2017, and one in 2014. The Court has decided three cases so far from Division Two in 2017, two in 2014, one each in 2013 and 2016, and none in 2012 or 2015. The Court has decided five civil cases so far this year from Division Three, four from 2016, three in 2013 and two per year in 2012, 2014 and 2015. The Court decided four cases from Division Four in 2015, two per year from 2012 through 2014 and one each year in 2016 and 2017. The Court decided three cases from Division Five in 2014, two per year in 2012, 2015 and 2016, one in 2013 and none so far in 2017. The Court decided two cases from Division Six in 2014, one in 2016 and 2017, and none in 2012, 2013 and 2015. The Court decided four cases from Division Seven in 2016 and one per year in 2013, 2015 and 2017. The Court decided five cases from Division Eight in 2013, two per year in 2016 and 2017 and one in 2012.

The Court decided two cases per year from the Third District in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016, and one each in 2013 and 2017. The Court has decided five cases so far this year from Division One of the Fourth District, four in 2015, three in 2012 and one each year in 2013 and 2016. The Court decided three cases from Division Two in 2015, two in 2013 and 2016 and one per year in 2012, 2014 and 2017. The Court decided five cases from Division Three of the Fourth District in 2015, three in 2012 and so far in 2017 and one each in 2013 and 2016. The Court decided three cases from the Fifth District in 2014 and one per year in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017. The Court decided three cases from the Sixth District in 2013, two in 2012 and one each year from 2015-2017. The Court decided two cases on direct appeal in 2016, and one per year within the Court’s original jurisdiction in 2012, 2016 and 2017. The Court decided three certified question appeals in 2013, two in 2014 and 2017, and one in 2016.

Join us back here next Thursday as we begin looking at the distribution of the Court’s criminal docket between 1994 and 2017.

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How Were the Court’s Civil Cases Distributed at the Court of Appeals (Part 3)?

Last week, we reviewed the year-by-year distribution of the Court’s civil docket among the Districts and Divisions of the Court of Appeal for the years 1994 through 2005. Today, we review the data for the years 2006 through 2011.

The Court has decided forty-five civil cases which originated in the First District. The Court decided three cases from Division One in 2007, one per year in 2008 and 2009, and none in 2006, 2010 and 2011. The Court decided three cases from Division Two in 2006 and 2010, two in 2007, one in 2009 and none in 2008 and 2011. The Court decided three cases from Division Three in 2007, two in 2009, and one per year in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2011. The Court decided four cases from Division Four in 2006, three in 2010, two in 2009 and 2011, one in 2008 and none in 2007. The Court decided four civil cases from Division Five in 2006, two per year in 2007 and 2010, one in 2008 and 2011, and none in 2009.

The Court decided ninety-eight civil cases from the Second District during these years. The Court decided three cases from Division One in 2011, two in 2006 and 2008, one each in 2007 and 2010, and none in 2009. The Court decided three cases from Division Two in 2007, two per year in 2008 and 2010, one in 2006 and none in 2009 and 2011. The Court decided five cases from Division Three in 2009, four in 2008, three in 2010, two per year in 2006, 2007 and 2011. The Court decided three cases from Division Four in 2006 and 2007, two in 2011, one per year in 2008 and 2010, and none in 2009. The Court decided seven cases from Division Five in 2006, six in 2005, five in 2008, four in 2011, two in 2010 and one in 2009. The court decided three civil cases from Division Six in 2006, two in 2009, and one per year in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011. The Court decided three cases per year from Division Seven in 2006 and 2011, two in 2009, one in 2007 and 2010 and none in 2008. The Court decided four cases from Division Eight in 2009, three in 2010, one per year in 2006 and 2007, and none in 2008 and 2011.

We report the remainder of the data for these years in Table 332. The Court decided nine cases per year from the Third District in 2006 and 2007, six in 2008, five in 2009, three in 2010 and one in 2011. The Court decided eight civil cases from Division One of the Fourth District in 2008, five in 2007 and 2009, two in 2006 and 2011, and one in 2010. The Court decided four cases from Division Two of the Fourth District in 2007, three in 2006, two per year in 2008 and 2009, one in 2011 and none in 2010. The Court decided four cases from Division Three in 2009, three in 2007 and 2010, two in 2011, one in 2008 and none in 2006. The Court decided three civil cases from the Fifth District in 2007, two in 2006 and one in 2008. The Court decided six cases from the Sixth District in 2010, four in 2009, two per year in 2006, 2007 and 2011, and one in 2008. The Court heard one direct appeal from the Court of Appeal in 2010, and one case within the Court’s original jurisdiction each year in 2009 and 2011. The Court decided one certified question appeal in 2006, two in 2007, three in 2009, five in 2010 and four in 2011.

Join us back here tomorrow as we review the data for the Court’s civil docket between 2012 and 2017.

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How Were the Court’s Cases Distributed at the Court of Appeals (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we began our review of the distribution of the Court’s civil cases at the Districts (and Divisions) of the Court of Appeal, reviewing the data for the years 1994 through 1999. Today, we review the data for the years 2000 through 2005.

The Court heard a total of 45 cases from the First District. The Court decided four cases from Division One, three each from 2000, 2003 and 2005, one from 2004 and zero from 2001. The Court decided five cases from Division Two in 2000, two each from 2002 and 2004, one each from 2001 and 2003, and none in 2005. The Court decided three cases from Division Three in 2001, one each in 2002, 2004 and 2005, and zero in 2000 and 2003. The Court decided two cases from Division Four in 2002, one each in 2000 and 2004, and zero in 2001, 2003 and 2005. The Court decided four cases from Division Five of the First District in 2005, three in 2004, two in 2002, one in 2001, and zero in 2000 and 2003.

The Court’s civil docket from the Second District was essentially flat between 2000 and 2005, as the Court decided 115 cases. The Court decided five cases from Division One in 2000, three in 2001, 2002 and 2004 and two in 2003 and 2005. The Court decided three cases from Division Two in 2005, two in 2001 and 2002, one in 2004 and zero in 2000 and 2003. The Court decided seven cases from Division Three in 2000, six in 2005, four in 2003 and three each year in 2001, 2002 and 2004. The Court decided four cases per year from Division Four in 2000, 2001 and 2004, three cases in 2003 and two cases in 2002 and 2005. The Court decided four cases per year from Division Five in 2000 and 2004, two per year in 2001 and 2003 and one per year in 2002 and 2005. The Court decided three cases from Division Six in 2002, two each in 2000 and 2001, one per year in 2003 and 2005 and zero in 2004. The Court decided six cases in Division Seven in 2004, four in 2002, two per year in 2001, 2003 and 2005 and one in 2000. The Court decided one case from Division Eight in 2004 and one in 2005, and zero the other years.

The Court decided seven cases from the Third District in 2005, six in 2004, five in 2003, four in 2000, three in 2001 and two in 2002. The Court decided five cases from Division One of the Fourth District in 2004, three each from 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005, and two in 2000. The Court decided six cases from Division Two of the Fourth District, five from 2002, four from 2003, three per year from 2000 and 2001 and one from 2004. The Court decided eight cases from Division Three of the Fourth District in 2001, fie in 2004, two per year from 2002 and 2003, one from 2005 and zero in 2000. The Court decided four cases from the Fifth District in 2005, three cases from 2004, two from 2003 and one each year from 2000, 2001 and 2002. The Court decided four cases from the Sixth District in 2000, three from 2003 and 2005, two from 2002, one from 2004 and zero from 2001. The Court decided only two cases within its original jurisdiction – one in 2000 and one in 2004. The Court decided four certified questions per year in 2001 and four in 2002, two in 2000 and one per year in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Join us back here next Thursday as we look at the years 2006 through 2017.

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How Were the Court’s Civil Cases Distributed at the Court of Appeals (Part 1)?

Last week, we reviewed the government’s record in civil and criminal appeals. This week, we begin our review of which Districts of the Court of Appeal have produced the most civil cases each year.

Just as we did earlier this week in our study of the Illinois Supreme Court’s caseload, we use population distribution as a rough cut estimator for how we expect the caseload to geographically distributed. The twelve counties of the First District comprised 16.12% of California’s population as of the 1990 census. However, between 1994 and 1999, the First District accounted for 75 civil cases, or 25.42% of the Court’s civil docket. Division One produced two cases per year in 1994, 1996 and 1997, one each in 1998 and 1999, and a high of four in 1995. Division Two produced five cases in 1994, four in 1997, three each in 1998 and 1999, two in 1995 and one in 1996. Division Three produced five cases in 1995, four in 1998, two in 1994 and 1999, and one per year in 1996 and 1997. Division Four produced five cases per year in 1996 and 1998, three each in 1994 and 1995, two in 1997 and none at all in 1999. Division Five produced three cases per year in 1994, 1995 and 1997, two in 1999, one in 1996 and none in 1998.

Where the First District was arguably a bit overrepresented on the Court’s civil docket between 1994 and 1999, the Second District’s share of the civil caseload closely matched its population. The four counties of the Second District, based on the 1990 census, contained exactly 34% of California’s population. For the years 1994 through 1999, the Second District produced 110 of the Court’s civil cases – 37.29% of the docket. Division Five led the Second District, producing 21 civil cases during these years; Division Seven was second at 19, with the others tightly bunched behind. Division One of the Second District produced four cases in 1998 and 1999, three in 1995 and 1997, two in 1994 and none in 1996. Division Two produced five cases in 1997, three in 1998, two in 1996 and one per year in 1994, 1995 and 1999. Division Three produced a high of six cases in 1997, three in 1999, two in 1995 and one per year in 1994, 1996 and 1998. Division Four produced four cases in 1995 and 1999, three in 1998 and one case per year in 1994, 1996 and 1997. Division Five produced five cases per year in 1996 and 1999, four in 1994, three in 1995 and 1998 and one in 1997. Division Six accounted for three cases per year in 1994, 1995 and 1997, two in 1999 and one case per year in 1996 and 1998. Division Seven produced five cases in 1994 and again in 1998, four in 1995, three in 1999, two in 1997 and none in 1996.

We report the data from the rest of the state in Table 326. The Court decided six civil cases from the Third District in 1999, five in 1995, 1996 and 1998, three in 1997 and two in 1994. The Court decided 45 cases in all from the Fourth District, which consists of San Diego and Imperial counties. The Court decided four cases from Division One of the Fourth in 1998, three in 1997 and 1999, and two per year from 1994 through 1996. The Court decided five cases from Division Two in 1998, three in 1994 and 1997, two in 1999, one in 1995 and none in 1996. The Court decided six cases from Division Three in 1994, two each in 1995, 1996, 1998 and 1999, and one in 1997.

The Court decided six cases from the Fifth District in 1997, two in 1994 and one each in 1995, 1996, 1998 and 1999. The Court decided four cases from the Sixth District in 1995, four in 1999, three in 1994, two in 1998, one in 1997 and none in 1996. The Court decided one direct appeal in 1994 and five in 1995. The Court decided one civil case within its original jurisdiction in 1995, two in 1998 and four in 1999. The Court decided no certified question cases at all during these years.

Join us back here tomorrow as we turn our attention to the data for the years 2000 through 2005.

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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 63.64% in 1998, 54.55% in 1999, 82.35% each in 2000 and 2001, 81.82% in 2002, 90% in 2003 and 83.33% in 2004.

The State’s winning percentage remained relatively high for the ten years that followed.  The State won 83.33% of its cases as petitioner in 2005, 87.5% in 2006, two-thirds in 2007, 76.47% in 2008, 83.33% in 2009, 77.78% in 2010, 88.89% in 2011 and 81.82% in 2012.  The State won all its cases as appellant in 2013, but only 53.33% in 2014 and two-thirds in 2015 and 2016.

We report the State’s winning percentage as Respondent in criminal cases from 1994 to 2004 in Table 322.  In 1994, the State won 85% of its cases as respondent.  The State won 79.31% of its cases in 1995, 73.08% in 1996, 72% in 1997 and 78.79% in 1998.  The State won only 60% in 1999, but the State’s winning percentage returned to trend thereafter: 81.58% in 2000, 78.95% in 2001, 71.43% in 2002, 78.26% in 2003 and 72.22% in 2004.

The State continued to win an average of about three-quarters of its cases as respondent from 2005 to 2013.  The State won 79.07% of tis cases in 2005, 64.86% in 2006, 78.72% in 2007, 79.59% in 2008, 79.17% in 2009, 77.78% in 2010, 80.95% in 2011, 72.73% in 2012 and 74.29% in 2013.

In the years since, the State’s winning percentage as respondent has dropped substantially.  The Court won only 58.54% of its cases as respondent in 2014, 53.13% in 2015 and 46.51% in 2016.

Join us back here next Thursday as we turn our attention to another issue in the Court’s decision making.

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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, 14 in 1996, 18 in 1997, 11 each in 1998 and 1999, 17 each in 2000 and 2001, 11 in 2002, ten in 2003 and twelve in 2004.

The Court decided eighteen cases involving State appeals in 2005, 16 in 2006, 15 in 2007, 17 in 2008, twelve in 2009 and 18 in 2010.  The Court decided nine cases involving State appeals in 2011, 22 in 2012, 16 in 2013 and 15 in 2014.  The Court decided a dozen cases involving State appeals in 2015 and nine in 2016.

In Table 318, we report the year-by-year data for the State’s appearances as respondent.  The Court decided twenty cases with State respondents in 1994, 29 in 1995, 26 in 1996 and 25 in 1997.  In 1998, the Court decided 33 cases involving State respondents, 30 in 1999 and 38 each in 2000 and 2001.  The totals increased each year after – 42 in 2002, 46 in 2003 and 54 in 2004.

The Court decided 43 cases involving State respondents in 2005, 37 in 2006, 47 in 2007, 49 in 2008 and 48 in 2009.  The Court decided 54 cases involving State respondents in 2010, 42 in 2011, 55 in 2012 and 35 in 2013.  The Court decided 41 cases involving State respondents in 2014, 32 in 2015 and 43 in 2016.

Join us back here tomorrow as we turn our attention to the State’s winning percentages in criminal cases.

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