Since joining the Court, Justice Neville has voted with the majority in 96.63% of all civil cases.  However, his percentage has declined each year, as shown in Table 1857 below: 100% in 2018, 96.77% in 2019, 95.65% in 2020 and 95.24% in 2021.

Justice Neville has been much less aligned with the majority in criminal cases, voting with the majority in only 78.05% of his criminal cases.  That percentage has also declined nearly every year: 88.24% in 2018, 77.78% in 2019, 78.57% in 2020 and only 68.42% in 2021.

Join us back here next week as we complete our review of Justice Neville’s tenure.

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This time, we’re reviewing Justice Neville’s voting patterns.  In civil cases, he has voted to affirm 39 times – six in 2018 and eleven cases each in 2019, 2020 and 2021.  He has cast ten split votes (to affirm in part and to reverse in part): two in 2018, five in 2019, two in 2020 and one in 2021.  He has voted to reverse in civil cases 38 times – six in 2018, fifteen in 2019, nine in 2020 and eight in 2021.

On the criminal side of the docket, Justice Neville has voted to affirm 33 times – five in 2018, seven in 2019, ten in 2020 and eleven in 2021.  He has cast thirteen split votes – five in 2018, three in 2019, four in 2020 and one in 2021.  He has voted to reverse 35 times: seven in 2018, eight in 2019, thirteen in 2020 and seven in 2021.

Join us back here next time as we review the data on how often Justice Neville has voted with the majority during his tenure.

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Since joining the Court in 2018, Justice Neville has written sixteen opinions in civil cases – fifteen majority opinions and one dissent.  He wrote one majority in 2018, five in 2019, four in 2020 and five in 2021.  His only dissent was in 2020.

Justice Neville’s writing on the criminal law side reveals an unusual pattern: he has written more dissents than majority opinions.  Justice Neville has written eleven majority opinions: three in 2018, four in 2019, four in 2020.  He has written one concurrence in 2021.  But he has written twelve dissents – one each in 2018 and 2019 and five each in 2020 and 2021.

Join us back here next time as we review Justice Neville’s voting patterns.

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This week we begin our review of the next Justice in terms of seniority, Justice P. Scott Neville.

Justice Neville took his seat, replacing Justice Charles E.  Freeman, in 2018.  Since that time, he has participated in 89 civil cases – 14 in 2018, 31 in 2019, 23 in 2020 and 21 up to our cut-off point in 2021.

Justice Neville has participated in 82 criminal, quasi-criminal, mental health and juvenile justice cases.  He sat on 17 criminal cases in 2018, 18 in 2019, 28 in 2020 and 19 to our cut-off point in 2021.

Join us back here next time as we review Justice Neville’s written opinions for the Court.

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This time, we’re reviewing the areas of the criminal law where Justice Theis has written majority and dissenting opinions.

Justice Theis has written 54 majority opinions in criminal cases.  Thirteen involved constitutional law, and an even dozen involved criminal procedure.  Seven were in juvenile justice cases.  Five involved violent crimes.  Five were in habeas cases.  Four involved sentencing law.  Three majority opinions were in sex offense cases.  Two involved property crimes.  She has written one majority opinion each in cases involving mental health issues, drug offenses and driving offenses.

Justice Theis has written only eight dissents in criminal cases.  Three involved constitutional law.  Two were in juvenile justice cases.  She has written one each in cases involving property crimes, criminal procedure and sex offenses.

Join us back here towards the end of the week when we begin a six-part review of a new Justice’s tenure.

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This time, we’ve reached the home stretch in our review of Justice Theis’ tenure.  In this post, we’re reviewing the areas of law in which she’s written civil majority and civil dissents.  Next time, we’ll be looking at the criminal side of the ledger.  And once again – the data for 2021 is still partial, since we halted the collection at the same time for all seven Justices’ profiles.

Justice Theis has written 51 majority opinions in civil cases.  Eleven were in tort cases.  Another 11 were in cases involving government and administrative law.  Justice Theis has written six opinions each in constitutional law and civil procedure.  She has written five majority opinions in tax cases.  Four majority opinions involved domestic relations and two apiece were in property law and insurance.  She has written one majority opinion each in employment law, environmental law, arbitration and election law.

Justice Theis has written a dozen dissents in civil cases.  Four were in constitutional law cases.  She has written two each in tort and government and administrative law.  She has written one dissent apiece in environmental, employment, election and insurance law.

Join us back here next time as we wrap up our review of Justice Theis’ tenure.

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As our review of Justice Theis’ tenure continues, this time we’re assessing the degree to which Justice Theis is in sync with the majority of the Court by measuring her dissent rate.  In Table 1847, we report the fraction of civil cases, year by year, in which Justice Theis joined the majority.

Justice Theis’ highest rate for a full year was 2011, when she voted with the majority 97.06% of the time.  She fell below 90% three times – 2014 (88.89%), 2017 (88.46%) and 2019 (88.24%).  Overall since joining the Court, Justice Theis has joined the majority in 93.35% of her civil cases.

Justice Theis has voted with the majority in 94.99% of her criminal cases.  Her highest full year was 2016, when she was with the majority in every case.  In 2019, she joined the majority in only 76.19% of her criminal cases.  She was over 95% (aside from 2016) five times – 2011 (97.78%), 2015 (96.97%), 2017 (97.06%) and 2020 (96.43%).

Next week, we’ll consider the areas of civil and criminal law in which Justice Theis has written opinions.

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This time, we’re reviewing Justice Theis’ voting record.  In civil cases, Justice Theis has cast 141 votes to affirm, 151 votes to reverse and 49 split votes to affirm in part and reverse in part.  Justice Theis’ biggest year for affirmances was 2015 with 20; her lightest full year was 2012 at 6.  2012 was also her heaviest year for reversals – he voted to reverse 24 times.  Her lightest full years were 2016 and 2018 at 9 each.

In criminal cases, Justice Theis has voted to affirm 153 times and to reverse 153 times, with 47 split votes.  Affirmances range from a high of 19 in 2014 to a low of 7 in 2018.  Reversals range from a high of 22 in 2011 to a low of only 7 in 2019.

Join us next time as we consider Justice Theis’ agreement rate with the majority.

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Since joining the Supreme Court in 2010, Justice Theis has written a total of 66 opinions – 51 majority opinions, three special concurrences and 12 dissents.  Her heaviest workload for majority opinions was in 2015, when she wrote seven.  Her heaviest year for civil dissents was 2019 with four (she wrote only five majority opinions that year).

Justice Theis has written 68 opinions in criminal cases – 54 majority opinions, six special concurrences and eight dissents.  Her heaviest workload for majorities was in 2012, 2013 and 2017 when she wrote seven per year.  She wrote three criminal dissents in 2013, nearly half her total.

Join us back here later this week as we continue our analysis of Justice Theis’ tenure.

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This week, we’re beginning our review of the tenure of Justice Mary Jane Theis.  Justice Theis took her seat on the Supreme Court on October 26, 2010, after being elevated from the Appellate Court for the First District.

Before we begin a reminder – “agreement” for purposes of calculating agreement rates is defined as complete agreement – therefore, a Justice voting to affirm in part and reverse in part when the majority reverses entirely doesn’t count as agreement.  Cases are divided between civil and criminal per our usual practice – criminal should more properly be called “criminal, quasi-criminal, juvenile justice and mental health cases.”  And we stopped our counts for 2021 at the same time for all seven Justices to level the playing field, so the 2021 data is partial only.

Since joining the Court, Justice Theis has participated in 346 civil cases.  Aside from her partial year in 2010, her busiest year was 2015 with 44 cases.  The lightest full year was 2018 with 22 cases.

Justice Theis has participated in 359 criminal cases since taking her seat on the Court.  Her heaviest year was 2011, her first full year on the Court, when she participated in 45 criminal cases.  Her lightest full year was 2019, when she participated in 21 cases.

Join us back here next time as we review Justice Theis’ voting record.

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