Last time, we compared the length of majority opinions at the Court in civil cases for reversals and affirmances between 1990 and 2003.  In this post, we’re looking at the years 2004 through 2018.

Between 2004 and 2010, in five of seven years reversals averaged longer majority opinions than affirmances.  In 2004, reversals averaged 24.39

For the past few weeks, we’ve been tracking the Court’s history in terms of the length of their opinions – majority opinions, concurrences and dissents.  Today, we’re looking at a related question – is there a relationship between the length of the opinion and the result – are affirmances or reversals consistently longer?  One can

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

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

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


Last week, we analyzed Justice Werdegar’s majority opinions in civil cases.  This week, we’ll look at Justice Werdegar’s opinions in criminal cases.

We report Justice Werdegar’s majority opinions, year by year, in criminal cases in Table 202.  Justice Werdegar’s high points have come in 1996, 2007 and 2008, with ten majority opinions each year.  She

22717550045_d34ebc28a4_zLast week, we began our statistical retrospective of Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar’s twenty-three years on the California Supreme Court.  Today, we further consider Justice Werdegar’s majority opinions and dissents in civil cases.

In Table 198, we once again report Justice Werdegar’s year-by-year majority opinions in civil cases.  She wrote five majority opinions in 1995, four


Yesterday, we looked at the distribution and average length of the Court’s majority opinions in criminal cases not involving the death penalty between 2008 and 2015.  Today, we address the distribution of the Court’s most recent death penalty appeals.

Between 2008 and 2015, Justice Chin wrote the most majority opinions in death penalty cases with