This time, we’re reviewing the decline in Appellate Court criminal dockets between 2001 and 2010.

The sharpest decline was in the First District.  There were 2,176 new criminal notices of appeal filed in 2000.  Although that number rose to 2,334 in 2001, it nosedived to 1,772 in 2002 and stayed around that level for the remainder of the decade.

The data in other Districts changed much less.  There were 649 new criminal notices of appeal in the Second District in 2000.  By 2006, there were only two fewer.  In 2009, there were again 647 new notices of appeal and the number dropped to 607 in 2010.

Criminal notices of appeal actually increased during the decade in the Third District.  There were 486 new notices of appeal in 2000.  That went up to 525 in 2001 and 539 a year later.  After a short dropoff, the data was back up to 578 in 2008 before leveling off to 491 in 2010.

Filings were also up in the Fourth District.  There were 493 new criminal notices of appeal in 2000, but the number never fell below 500 between 2001 and 2010.  By 2010, there were 552 new criminal notices of appeal.

With the exception of a one-year drop in 2010, filings were steady in the Fifth District.  There were 267 new criminal appeals in 2000, but that rose to 363 the following year.  After falling back to 296 in 2003, new filings remained between 250 and 300 a year until 2010, when there were 228 new appeals.

Next time, we’ll be reviewing the docket data for the civil side between 2011 and 2020.

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Last time we reviewed the data for civil dockets in the Districts of the Appellate Court for the years 1997 through 2000.  Today, we’re looking at the data for the years 2001 through 2010.

In 2000, the First District saw 2,109 new proceedings.  That number dipped towards the middle of the decade, bottoming out at 1,862 in 2007, but by 2010, filings at the First District were actually up – 2,187 new cases for 2010.

The Second District saw a steep drop in the middle of the decade too, from 839 in 2010 to 653 in 2007, before staging a partial recovery to 727 new cases in 2010.  The recession cut into Third District cases as well.  There were 518 new civil matters in 2000 and 519 in 2001, but 498 in 2006 and 472 apiece in 2007 and 2008.  The number was up again in 2009 to 555 new cases but fell in 2010 to 482.

The Fourth and Fifth Districts both saw steep declines in this decade.  The Fourth District saw 605 new cases in 2000 and 652 in 2001.  But by 2004, there were only 526, and by 2008, it was down to only 477 new cases.  In the Fifth District, there were 578 new cases in 2000.  The total fell to 492 in 2005, 448 in 2006 and 398 in 2008 before reaching its decade low of 396 new cases in 2010.

Next time we’ll review the data for the criminal side.

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Last time, we showed that although civil dockets were down a bit between 1997 and 2000 in the First and Fifth Districts, declines elsewhere in the state were negligible.  This time, we look at the criminal dockets for the same period.

The pattern was relatively similar on the criminal docket.  Across the four years, new criminal filings at the First District declined about eleven per cent, from 2,436 in 1997 to 2,176 in 2000.  New filings in the Second District were actually up – from 566 in 1997 to 737 in 1998, 665 in 1999 and 649 in 2000.  Third District filings were up too, from 458 in 1997 to 486 in 2000.  Fourth District filings fell about eight percent: 535 new cases in 1997, 467 in 1998, 479 in 1999 and 493 in 2000.  But once again, the Fifth District had the biggest decline of twenty-three percent.  In 1997, there were 346 new cases.  That fell to 272 in 1998, 290 in 1999 and 267 in 2000.

Next up, civil cases in the Appellate Court between 2001 and 2010.

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Today we’re beginning a series of posts examining the declining dockets at the Appellate Court and assessing the impact on the Supreme Court’s work.

Below, we report the District-by-District new filings numbers for civil cases, 1997-2000 (all data comes from the Illinois Courts Annual Report Statistical Summaries – we begin with 1997 because that’s as far back as the filings are posted.)

Of course, First District filings dwarf the rest of the state.  Filings were up about six percent from 1997 to 1998, but total filings consistently declined after that – 2,368 new cases in 1999 and 2,109 in 2000.  Second District filings didn’t decline at all – there were 751 new cases filed in 1997 and 839 in 2000.  Third District civil filings were down about nine percent during these years, going from 568 new cases in 1997 to 518 in 2000.  Fourth District filings were down only slightly, from 632 new cases in 1997 to 605 in 2000.

The Fifth District sustained the biggest drop of all.  There were 757 new cases in the Fifth during 1997, but only 587 in 1998, 566 in 1999 and 578 in 2000.

Next time, we’ll review the criminal filings for the years 1997 through 2000.

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This time, we’re wrapping up this multi-part post, reviewing the trial court data for the civil cases from the Fifth District between 2020 and 2022.

The Court has decided eleven cases since the beginning of 2020.  In 2020, there were two cases from Madison County and one each from Williamson, Effingham, Randolph and Franklin.  In 2021, there were two cases from St. Clair County and one each from Hamilton and Madison.  So far in 2022, the Court has only decided one case from St. Clair County.

Join us back here next time as we turn our attention to a new topic.

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This time, we’re reviewing the civil cases from the Fourth District reviewed by the Supreme Court in the first third of this decade, from 2020 to 2022-to-date.

Spoiler alert: there weren’t many.  The Court reviewed one civil case from Adams County in 2020.  In 2021, the Court decided one case from McLean and one from Sangamon.  So far in 2022, the Court has decided one case from McLean County.

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This time, we’re reviewing the county-level data on the Third District civil cases reviewed by the Supreme Court between 2020 and 2022 (so far).

The Court decided no Third District civil cases in 2020.  In 2021, there were three cases from Will County and one each originating in Grundy, Putnam and Kankakee counties.  So far in 2022, the Court has decided one case from Will County, one from Grundy and one from Peoria County.

Next up: the Fourth District numbers.

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This time, we’re wrapping up our four-part post by reviewing the county-by-county data for the first third of the current decade: 2020-2022.

In the past three years, the Supreme Court has reviewed ten civil cases from the Second District.  In 2021, there were four cases from Lake County.  In 2020, there were one each from Winnebago, DuPage and McHenry counties.  This year so far, there has been one each from DuPage, McHenry and Kane counties.

Next time: the Third District.

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Madison and St. Clair counties account for well over half of the population of the Fifth District counties which produced cases in the past decade – 29.09% in Madison, 28.17% in St. Clair.  Williamson was 7.35%, Jackson had 5.8%, Franklin was 4.14%, Marion was 4.13% and Jefferson County had 4.06%.  Clinton County accounted for 4.04%.  Effingham had 3.79%.  Saline County was 2.6%, Crawford had 2.04%, Richland County was 1.73%, Massac had 1.55% and Washington County accounted for 1.51%.

Madison County produced eight cases during the decade.  St. Clair had seven cases.  Marion County accounted for four cases.  Jackson had three, Jefferson County had two, Saline produced two cases and Williamson had two.  Seven counties accounted for one case each – Massac, Richland, Franklin, Washington, Effingham, Clinton and Crawford counties.

Join us back here next week as we begin a new topic in our ongoing analysis.

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According to the 2020 census, McLean County had 24.18% of the population scattered among the Fourth District counties which produced civil cases for the Supreme Court’s docket between 2010 and 2019.  Sangamon had 23.06%, McLean had 20.08%, Macon County had 12.21%, Vermillion County had 8.71%, Macoupin was 5.28% and Woodford County was 4.52%.  Piatt was the smallest county producing cases, with only 1.96%.

Sangamon County nevertheless accounted for most of the civil cases – 18 cases in eight of the ten years of the decade.  Champaign County had eight cases.  Macoupin produced four.  McLean, Vermillion and Macon counties had two each and Woodford and Piatt counties produced one case apiece.

Next up – the Fifth District, as we wind up this multi-part post.

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