Kirk Jenkins

Kirk Jenkins

Sedgwick LLP

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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

3/16/2017 - IL Supreme Court Oral Argument Reversal

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

Does a Dissent at the Appellate Court Mean a More Active Bench at Oral Argument in Criminal Cases?

Last week, we determined that a dissent below, all things being equal, will lead to at least a slightly more active oral argument for appellees. The data for appellants is more variable – the averages are virtually...more

3/13/2017 - Criminal Appeals Criminal Prosecution Oral Argument

How Long Have Criminal Cases Lasted From Grant to Argument to Decision (Part 2 – 2008-2016)?

Yesterday, we analyzed the lag times – from grant of review to oral argument, and oral argument to decision – in the Court’s civil docket from 2008 to 2016. Today, we’ll address the data for the criminal docket. One...more

3/13/2017 - Appellate Review Criminal Appeals Criminal Procedure Final Judgment Oral Argument

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Occupational Disease Pension Does Not Trigger Health Insurance Benefits

In 2003, the Illinois Supreme Court held that anyone who qualified for a line-of-duty pension under section 4-110 of the Illinois Pension Code qualified as having a “catastrophic injury” within the meaning of Section 10(a) of...more

2/15/2017 - Appeals Catastrophic Impairment Declaratory Judgments Disability Benefits Disability Insurance Employee Benefits Firemen Health Insurance IL Supreme Court Latent Occupational Diseases Medical Expenses Pensions Premiums Summary Judgment

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