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How Often Did the Illinois Supreme Court Reverse Death Penalty Judgments (Part 1)?

This week, we begin a dual project on the Illinois Supreme Court Review and the California Supreme Court Review – comparing the two states’ experience with automatic appeals of death penalty verdicts. Illinois has had a...more

Tracking the Importance of Recusals in Criminal Cases (Part 2)

Yesterday, we began our review of the Court’s experience with recusals in criminal cases since 1994. Today, we review the second half of the data. In 2006, new Justice Corrigan recused in eleven criminal cases. Justice...more

Tracking the Importance of Recusals in Criminal Cases (Part 1)

Last week on both the Illinois Supreme Court Review and this blog, we tracked recusals, year-by-year in civil cases. This week on both blogs, we’re tracking the importance of recusals in criminal cases. ...more

Tracking the Importance of Recusals in Criminal Cases (Part 2)

Yesterday, we began our review of the Court’s experience with recusals in criminal cases. Today, we conclude our review with a look at the most recent years. First, let’s look at the importance of recusals in criminal...more

Tracking the Importance of Recusals in Criminal Cases (Part 1)

Last week, we tracked the Court’s experience, year by year, with recusals in civil cases. Recusals are potentially a serious issue in Illinois Supreme Court practice, since there’s no provision for replacing recused Justices...more

Tracking the Importance of Recusals in Civil Cases (Part 2)

Yesterday, we began our review of the Court’s history with recusals, looking at the years 1994 through 2005. Today, we address the Court’s recusals between 2006 and 2017. In 2006, Justice Corrigan recused in six cases. ...more

8/11/2017  /  Analytics , CA Supreme Court , Recusal

Tracking the Importance of Recusals in Civil Cases (Part 1)

Earlier this week over at the Illinois Supreme Court Review, we reviewed the Illinois Supreme Court’s experience with recusals in civil cases. This week, we’re addressing the same issue here at the California Supreme Court...more

8/10/2017  /  Analytics , CA Supreme Court , Recusal

Tracking the Importance of Recusals in Civil Cases (Part 2)

Yesterday, we began reviewing the data regarding the Court’s experience with recusals in civil cases, and how often recusals lead to the Court being closely divided in its decision. Today, we proceed to Part 2 of our...more

Tracking the Importance of Recusals in Civil Cases (Part 1)

Last week, we reviewed the Court’s experience with certified questions from the Seventh Circuit. This week, we begin our look at a different question: the Court’s history with recusals. Recusals are particularly important...more

8/8/2017  /  Analytics , IL Supreme Court , Recusal

Do Certified Question Appeals Tend to Be More Closely Divided?

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. ...more

How Often Has the Defense Won Certified Question Appeals?

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...more

How Often Does the Defense Win Certified Question Appeals?

Yesterday, we looked at the small number of certified appeals the Court has decided since the late 1990s. Since 1997, the Court has heard only eight certified question appeals from the Seventh Circuit – nearly all of them...more

How Often Does the Illinois Supreme Court Hear Certified Questions from the Seventh Circuit?

Over the past couple of weeks over at the California Supreme Court Review, we’ve been analyzing the California Supreme Court’s experience with certified questions. So today, we turn our attention to the same issue: how often...more

What Areas of Law Do the Court’s Certified Questions Arise In?

Yesterday, we surveyed where the California Supreme Court’s certified question appeals arose. Today, we turn to a different question: what areas of law do the Court’s certified questions arise in? We report the first...more

Where Do the California Supreme Court’s Certified Questions Come From?

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...more

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

Yesterday, we reviewed Justice Theis’ question patterns in criminal cases between 2010 and 2016. Today, we ask what it’s possible to infer when Justice Theis asked the first question in criminal cases. Justice Theis voted...more

What Could We Infer From Justice Theis’ Question Patterns in Criminal Cases?

Last week, we reviewed the data from Justice Theis’ participation in oral arguments in civil cases since she joined the Court in 2010. This week, we turn our attention to Justice Theis’ record in criminal oral...more

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

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