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

Over the last two weeks, we’ve reviewed Justice Freeman’s question patterns in civil and criminal cases. This week, we’ll be reviewing Justice Kilbride’s patterns with his questioning in civil cases. Justice Kilbride...more

Which Side Tends to File the Most Amicus Briefs in Criminal Cases (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we looked at the court’s experience with amicus briefs in criminal cases for the first half of our study period, 1994-2005. Today, we look at the data for the second half of the period. For the most part, the...more

Which Side Tends to File the Most Amicus Briefs in Criminal Cases (Part 1)?

Last week, we reviewed the year-by-year data since 1994 for amicus briefs, looking at whether more amici tend to support the petitioner or the respondent. This week, we’re looking at the Court’s experience with amicus briefs...more

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

Yesterday, we showed that unlike many of his colleagues, Justice Freeman does not tend to ask the party he’s voting against more questions at oral argument – he averages more questions to the appellants in every scenario. ...more

What Can We Infer From Justice Freeman’s Question Pattern in Criminal Cases?

Last week, we looked at the pattern of Justice Freeman’s questioning in oral arguments in civil cases, analyzing whether he tends to ask more questions of the party he will ultimately vote against, and what impact writing an...more

Which Side Tends to File the Most Amicus Briefs in Civil Cases (Part 2)?

On May 11, 2017, we looked at the year-by-year data in civil cases, dividing total amicus briefs up by the side supported – petitioner, respondent, and neither side/can’t determine. We discovered that three quarters of the...more

Which Side Tends to File the Most Amicus Briefs in Civil Cases (Part 1)?

For the past several weeks, we’ve been reviewing the Supreme Court tenure of soon-to-retire Justice Kathryn Werdegar. This week, we begin a new topic. Several weeks ago, we tracked the average number of amicus briefs filed,...more

What Can We Infer When Justice Freeman Asks the First Question in a Civil Case?

Yesterday, we began analyzing Justice Freeman’s question patterns in civil cases. Today, we analyze whether it is more likely that Justice Freeman will ask the first question, depending on his vote and whether he’s writing...more

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

Last week, we analyzed Justice Garman’s question patterns in criminal cases. This week, we address Justice Freeman’s question pattern in civil cases. We begin with cases in which Justice Freeman has voted with the...more

5/10/2017  /  Appeals , IL Supreme Court , Reversal

Where is Justice Werdegar on the Ideological Spectrum for Criminal Law Cases?

Last week, we continued our analysis of Justice Werdegar’s career by reviewing her majority opinions in criminal cases. We report Justice Werdegar’s dissents in criminal cases, year by year, in Table 204. Justice...more

Which Area of Criminal Law Has Justice Werdegar Written the Most Majority Opinions In?

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...more

5/5/2017  /  Appeals , CA Supreme Court

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

Yesterday, we showed how Justice Garman’s vote and whether she is writing an opinion impacts her question patterns in criminal cases. Today, we take the analysis the final step: what can we infer when Justice Garman asks the...more

5/3/2017  /  Appeals , IL Supreme Court , Reversal

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

Last week, we looked at the data from the past nine years’ oral arguments in civil cases, analyzing how Justice Garman’s vote, and whether or not she’s in the majority, impacts her question patterns. We also looked at...more

Where is Justice Werdegar on the Ideological Spectrum, Area of Law by Area of Law

Our statistical retrospective of Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar’s tenure on the California Supreme Court continues today with an analysis of Justice Werdegar’s dissents and an analysis of the ideological distribution of Justice...more

5/1/2017  /  Analytics , CA Supreme Court

Which Area of Law Has Justice Werdegar Written the Most Civil Majority Opinions In?

Last 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...more

4/28/2017  /  Analytics , CA Supreme Court

What Can We Infer When Justice Garman Asks the First Question in a Civil Case?

Yesterday, we showed that between 2008 and 2016, an unusually high level of questions from Justice Garman indicated that she was likely writing an opinion. We also demonstrated that when Justice Garman was in the minority,...more

4/27/2017  /  Appeals , IL Supreme Court , Reversal

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

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