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What Can We Infer From Justice Garman’s Question Pattern in Civil Cases?

Two weeks ago, we began our detailed analysis of the data on oral arguments in civil and criminal cases between 2008 and 2016. This week and next, we’ll be looking at Justice Rita B. Garman’s patterns in oral argument,...more

Justice Werdegar By the Numbers, Part 2: Voting to Reverse and Joining the Court Majority

On April 20, 2017, we began our retrospective of the tenure of Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar, who will retire on August 31, 2017. We tracked the total number of cases, both civil and criminal, in which Justice Werdegar has...more

4/24/2017  /  Analytics , CA Supreme Court , Reversal

Justice Werdegar By the Numbers (Part 1 in a Series)

Early last month, Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar announced that she will retire from the California Supreme Court, effective August 31, 2017. Justice Werdegar’s retirement caps a distinguished twenty-three year career on the...more

4/21/2017  /  Analytics , CA Supreme Court

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

Yesterday, we reviewed the data on Justice Burke’s question patterns in criminal cases. Today, we ask a related question: if Justice Burke asks the first question, can we infer that she is likely writing an...more

What Can We Infer from Justice Burke’s Questioning Patterns in Criminal Cases (Part 1)?

Last week, we began our review of the individual Justices’ patterns in oral arguments, reviewing the data on Justice Anne M. Burke’s questioning in civil cases from 2008 to 2016. Today, we address Justice Burke’s patterns in...more

2,297 Cases and More Than 200,000 Data Points – Exploring the New CSCR Data Library

On April 13, 2017, we announced that we’ve expanded the data library which powers the California Supreme Court Review – by a lot. We’ve added many new data points for all the cases which were already in the database, as well...more

4/17/2017  /  Analytics , CA Supreme Court

Our California Supreme Court Data Library More Than Doubles in Size

Fifty weeks (and just over a hundred posts) ago, we started the California Supreme Court Review, applying statistical and data analytic techniques to studying the decision making of the California Supreme Court. Our analysis...more

Is Justice Burke More Likely to Start the Questioning When She’s Writing an Opinion?

On April 12, 2017, we analyzed the data from nine years’ worth of oral arguments in civil cases, looking at correlations between Justice Burke’s question patterns, her voting and whether she wrote an opinion in a given case. ...more

What Can We Infer From Justice Anne M. Burke’s Questioning Pattern in Civil Cases (Part 1)?

This week we’re turning our attention to multiple issues: (1) does each individual Justice ask more questions of the prevailing or losing party in civil cases; (2) is the Justice’s pattern different when he or she votes with...more

Do Affirmances Take Longer in Non-Death Penalty Criminal Appeals (2008-2016)?

Yesterday, we looked at how much correlation there was between result and lag times in death penalty appeals between 2008 and 2016. Today, we’re looking at the non-death penalty criminal docket for the same period. We...more

4/12/2017  /  Appeals , Oral Argument , Reversal

Do Affirmances Take Longer in Automatic Death Penalty Appeals (2008-2016)?

For the past several weeks, we’ve been comparing the Court’s lag times – time to oral argument, and then oral argument to decision – for affirmances as opposed to reversals. We’ve determined that affirmances tend to take...more

Is There a Stable Relationship Between Time Under Submission and Result in Criminal Cases?

Yesterday, we studied whether there’s a constant relationship, year after year, between the ultimate result in civil cases and the lag time to a decision – the number of days from allowance of the PLA to oral argument, and...more

4/6/2017  /  Oral Argument , Reversal

Is There a Stable Relationship Between Time Under Submission and Result in Civil Cases?

Last week, we showed that in contrast to the data for the California Supreme Court, time under submission from the allowing of the petition for leave to appeal to oral argument and argument to decision was longer at the...more

4/5/2017  /  Oral Argument , Reversal

Do Affirmances Take Longer in Automatic Death Penalty Appeals (2000-2007)?

We’ve been reviewing the data for lag time from grant of review to oral argument to decision in criminal cases, dividing the data up to separate non-death and death penalty appeals, searching for an explanation of why lag...more

Do Affirmances Take Longer in Non-Death Criminal Cases (2000-2007)?

Over the past two weeks, we’ve demonstrated that in criminal cases as a whole, affirmances are pending substantially longer between grant of review and oral argument than reversals are – roughly 900 days more between 2000 and...more

3/31/2017  /  Oral Argument , Reversal

Is There a Correlation Between the Time Under Submission and the Result in Criminal Cases (2010-2016)?

Yesterday, we demonstrated that while affirmances generally are pending longer in California from grant of review to argument to decision, the evidence is more equivocal in Illinois, at least on the civil side. Today, we...more

3/30/2017  /  Oral Argument , Reversal

Is There a Correlation Between the Time Under Submission and the Result in Civil Cases (2010-2016)?

Last week, we looked at the average time under submission at the Illinois Supreme Court from allowance of the petition for leave to appeal to oral argument to decision. Over at the California Supreme Court, we’ve shown that...more

Are Longer-Pending Cases More Likely to Be Affirmances in the Criminal Docket? (Part 2 – 2008-2016)

On March 23, 2017, we showed that affirmances in civil cases between 2008 and 2016 have tended to be pending for longer both between the grant of review and oral argument, and between argument and decision, than reversals...more

3/27/2017  /  Appeals , Oral Argument , Reversal

Are Longer-Pending Cases More Likely to Be Affirmances in the Civil Docket? (Part 2: 2008-2016)

Last week, we demonstrated that the time from grant to oral argument and argument to decision was longer between 2000 and 2007 for affirmances than it was for reversals, both in civil and criminal cases. This week, we look...more

3/24/2017  /  Oral Argument , Reversal

How Long Do Criminal Cases at the Illinois Supreme Court Remain Pending?

Yesterday, we began our review of lag times at the Illinois Supreme Court with a review of the Court’s civil cases from 2010 to 2016. Today, we turn our attention to the Court’s criminal cases. We have grant-to-oral...more

3/23/2017  /  IL Supreme Court , Oral Argument

How Long Do Civil Cases at the Illinois Supreme Court Remain Pending?

For the next couple of weeks, we’ll be taking a brief time off from our look at the Court’s oral arguments in order to look at an issue we’re studying over on California Supreme Court Review – what can be inferred from the...more

3/22/2017  /  IL Supreme Court , Oral Argument

Are Longer-Pending Cases More Likely to be Affirmances in Criminal Cases? (Part 1 – 2000-2007)

On March 16, 2017, we showed that between 2000 and 2007, affirmances took somewhat longer in civil cases than reversals did. Today, we address the Court’s criminal cases for the same years. We report the data for lag...more

3/20/2017  /  Oral Argument , Reversal

Are Longer-Pending Cases More Likely to be Affirmances in Civil Cases? (Part 1 – 2000-2007)

For the past two weeks, we’ve been reviewing the average time civil and criminal cases have remained pending from grant of review to argument to decision. This week and next, we’ll be addressing whether there is any...more

3/16/2017  /  Oral Argument , Reversal

Does a More Active Bench Indicate That the Court Will Reverse in Criminal Cases?

On March 14, 2017, we established that all things being equal, the Illinois Supreme Court has tended to ask somewhat more questions in civil cases where they reverse than in cases where they affirm. Today, we address the...more

Does a More Active Bench Indicate That the Court Will Reverse in Civil Cases?

For the past few weeks, we’ve been studying the Illinois Supreme Court’s oral arguments between 2008 and 2016. This week, we address a new question: is there a correlation between the result – reversal or affirmance – and...more

3/14/2017  /  Oral Argument , Reversal
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