Earlier this week on the Illinois Supreme Court Review, we pointed out that one would expect that any question certified to the state Supreme Court would be a particularly difficult one, with a lot to be said on both sides.  So, we asked – do certified question appeals tend to be decided at the Supreme

Last week, we began our look at the California Supreme Court’s experience since 1994 in appeals which originated in certified questions from the Ninth Circuit. This week, we continue our analysis, looking at how often the defense wins such cases, how closely divided the cases tend to be, and how long they take.

First, let’s

This week, we begin a new study – a detailed study of the California Supreme Court’s certified questions.

In Table 256, we report the year-by-year certified questions totals on the Court.  No certified questions appear among the Court’s opinions between 1994 and 1999.  The Court decided two certified question cases in 2000, three in 2001,