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Does the California Supreme Court Average More Questions to the Losing Side?

Yesterday, for post no. 1,000 we reviewed the academic literature on question-counting in oral arguments, and began comparing the past year, May 2016-May 2017, at the California and Illinois Supreme Courts. Every researcher...more

Blog Post No. 1,000: Comparing Oral Argument in the California and Illinois Supreme Courts

I thought we’d do a first today: comparing the two Supreme Courts we study in the same post. Specifically, since I’ve had the honor of appearing at both the California and Illinois Supreme Courts, I thought we’d compare the...more

Post No. 999: What Could We Infer When Justice Theis Asked the First Question in Civil Cases?

Yesterday, we began our analysis of Justice Theis’ question patterns in civil cases. Today, we continue our work on Justice Theis’ civil arguments since taking office in 2010. When voting in the majority of an affirmance,...more

Post No. 998: What Could We Infer From Justice Theis’ Question Patters in Civil Cases?

For the past two weeks, we’ve been reviewing the patterns in Chief Justice Fitzgerald’s questioning in civil and criminal cases between 2008 and his retirement in 2010. This week, we review the question patterns of his...more

Where Do the California Supreme Court’s Civil Cases Originate (Part 8)?

Today, we conclude our series on the originating jurisdictions, year-by-year, of the Court’s civil docket. In 2014, as usual, Los Angeles led, originating ten of the Court’s civil cases. Two cases between in Alameda...more

Where Do the California Supreme Court’s Civil Cases Originate (Part 7)?

This week, we conclude our series of posts on the originating jurisdictions, year-by-year, of the California Supreme Court’s civil docket – not the first trial court, but the council, agency or department where the case...more

What Could We Infer When Chief Justice Fitzgerald Asked the First Question in Criminal Cases?

Yesterday, we reviewed the data for Chief Justice Fitzgerald’s question pattern in criminal cases between 2008 and 2010. Today, we look at a different aspect of the data – was the Chief Justice more likely to ask the first...more

What Could We Infer From Chief Justice Fitzgerald’s Question Patterns in Criminal Cases?

Last week, we continued our analysis of the Court’s oral arguments between 2008 and 2016 with a look at former Chief Justice Fitzgerald’s patterns in civil cases during the two years before he retired, 2008-2010. This week,...more

Where Do the California Supreme Court’s Civil Cases Originate (Part 6)?

Today, we continue our ongoing series of posts about the originating jurisdictions of the California Supreme Court’s civil docket with the years 2009 and 2010. The data for 2009 is reported in Table 242. That year, Los...more

Where Do the California Supreme Court’s Civil Cases Originate (Part 5)?

For the past two weeks, we’ve been reviewing the originating jurisdictions – not the first trial court, but the first authority, whether agency, council or board – for the California Supreme Court’s civil docket between 1994...more

What Could We Infer When Chief Justice Fitzgerald Asked the First Question in Civil Cases?

Yesterday, we began our review of the limited data from civil cases in which Chief Justice Fitzgerald both participated in oral argument and voted between 2008 and 2010. Today, we wrap up our look at the civil docket. As...more

What Could We Infer From the Pattern of Chief Justice Fitzgerald’s Questions in Civil Cases?

Our review of the Court’s oral arguments between 2008 and 2016 continues this week with Chief Justice Thomas Fitzgerald. Since Chief Justice Fitzgerald retired in 2010, our data is more limited than it is for other Justices....more

Where Do the California Supreme Court’s Civil Cases Originate (Part 4)?

Yesterday, we continued our review of the originating jurisdiction for the California Supreme Court’s civil docket – the original agency, department, council or court. Today, we continue our review. In 2003, thirteen...more

6/30/2017  /  Analytics , Appeals , CA Supreme Court

Where Do the California Supreme Court’s Civil Cases Originate (Part 3)?

Last week, we reviewed the data on the originating jurisdictions of the California Supreme Court’s civil cases between 1995 and 1999. This week, we review the data from 2000 through 2005. The Los Angeles Superior Court...more

What Can We Infer When Chief Justice Karmeier Asks the First Question in Criminal Cases?

Yesterday, we reviewed the data on Chief Justice Karmeier’s questions in civil cases between 2008 and 2016. Today, we take a look at a different side of the data – what can we infer when the Chief Justice asks the first...more

6/28/2017  /  Appeals , IL Supreme Court , Reversal

What Can We Infer From Chief Justice Karmeier’s Question Patterns in Criminal Cases?

Last week, we looked at what can be inferred from the patterns of Chief Justice Karmeier’s questions in civil cases between 2008 and 2016. This week, we look at the Chief Justice’s questioning in criminal cases. In Table...more

Where Do the Supreme Court’s Civil Cases Originate (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we began our year-by-year review of where the Court’s civil cases have originated since 1994. By doing so, we can see trends in the administrative and executive agencies where the Court’s cases come from. Last...more

Where Do the Supreme Court’s Civil Cases Originate (Part 1)?

In our recent expansion of Sedgwick’s California Supreme Court database, one of the variables we added was the originating jurisdiction. Given that the Court always has a significant number of administrative mandate cases,...more

What Can We Infer When Chief Justice Karmeier Asks the First Question in Civil Cases?

Yesterday, we began our analysis of the Chief Justice’s question patterns in civil cases from 2008 through 2016. Today, we address the Chief Justice’s patterns in criminal cases. When voting with the majority in an...more

How Have Public Entities Fared in Civil Cases (Part 2 – 2006-2016)?

Last time, we looked at public entities’ winning percentage in civil cases at the California Supreme Court between 1994 and 2005. Today, we look at the second half of our study period – how did public entities fare between...more

What Can We Infer From Chief Justice Karmeier’s Question Patterns in Civil Cases?

For the past two weeks, we’ve been reviewing Justice Thomas’ question patterns in oral arguments since 2008, and whether it’s possible to infer his likely vote and whether he’s writing an opinion. This week, we turn to Chief...more

How Have Public Entities Fared in Civil Cases? (Part I – 1994-2005)

Last week, we looked at how defendants have fared in criminal cases. Of course, in a sense that amounts to asking how prosecutors are doing. So this week, we ask the flip side of that question – how have public entities...more

What Can We Infer When Justice Thomas Asks the First Question in a Criminal Case?

Yesterday, we analyzed whether it’s possible to infer Justice Thomas’ vote and whether or not he’s writing an opinion based upon the pattern of his questions in criminal cases. Today, we look at whether it’s more likely that...more

6/14/2017  /  Appeals , IL Supreme Court , Reversal

What Can We Infer From Justice Thomas’ Question Patterns in Criminal Cases?

Last week, we analyzed the pattern of Justice Thomas’ questions in oral arguments in civil cases. This week, we address Justice Thomas’ patterns in criminal cases. When Justice Thomas is in the majority, he questions the...more

Are Defendants Winning Criminal Appeals More Often (Part 2 – 2006-2016)?

On June 8, 2017, we looked at whether defendants are winning a higher fraction of appeals in criminal cases between 1994 and 2005. Today, we’re looking at the years 2006 through 2016. In 2010, defendants won eleven...more

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