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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On June 6, 2017, we analyzed whether we can infer Justice Thomas’ votes and whether or not he’s writing an opinion based upon the pattern of his questions at oral arguments in civil cases. Today, we ask a different question...more

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

Last week, we completed our two-week examination of Justice Kilbride’s patterns in oral arguments for civil and criminal cases between 2008 and 2016. Today, we begin our examination of Justice Thomas’ patterns. In Table...more

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

Yesterday, we analyzed whether it’s possible, based on all oral arguments in criminal cases between 2009 and 2016, to infer from watching Justice Kilbride’s question patterns in criminal cases how he’s voting, and whether...more

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

Last week, we analyzed the pattern of Justice Kilbride’s questions in oral arguments in civil cases, asking whether it’s possible to infer who Justice Kilbride will vote for and whether or not he’s writing an opinion. This...more

Do Winning Parties Tend to Have More Amicus Support in Civil Cases (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we reviewed who averaged the most amicus support in civil cases between 1994 and 2005 – winning parties, losers, or parties who won only in part. Today, we address the data for the years 2006 through...more

5/29/2017  /  Amicus Briefs , Appeals

What Can We infer When Justice Kilbride Asks the First Question in Civil Cases?

Yesterday, we asked whether we can infer anything about Justice Kilbride’s vote and whether he’s writing an opinion, based on the pattern of his questions in oral argument. Today, we ask a slightly different question – can...more

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