Last week, we showed that the most frequent area of criminal law for amicus briefs in California between 1990 and 1999 was criminal procedure (by a two-to-one margin).  Following crim pro were constitutional law, sentencing law, juvenile issues and death penalty cases.  So this week, we’re looking at the years 2000 through 2009.

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Today, we’re reviewing two issues on the criminal side of the docket – what areas of law produced the most amicus briefs and were more amicus briefs offensive – supporting the appellant and attacking the Court of Appeal decision – or defensive, supporting the respondent.  We begin with the 1990s.

Constitutional law was the leading

This week, we’re continuing our look at the amicus brief data with two questions: (1) given how common amicus briefs are at the California Supreme Court, are briefs clustered more in cases involving certain areas of law than others; and (2) are more amicus briefs filed in California offensive – attacking an adverse Court of

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Yesterday, we analyzed the Court’s experience with amicus briefs in criminal cases between 1994 and 2005.  Today, we’ll look at the Court’s experience with amicus briefs in criminal cases between 2006 and 2016.

Winners averaged more amicus support than losing parties in criminal affirmances only about one-third of the time during this period.  In 2006,