376900808_e6148e7227_zIn our last several posts, we’ve been addressing the jurisdictional origins of the Illinois Supreme Court’s civil docket – does the Court prefer final judgments, or does it often agree to review interlocutory decisions?

In this post, we turn to a slightly different subject.  Do summary judgments often reach the Court, since they present cleaner, purely factual issues?

During most of the study period, appeals from summary judgments have comprised between twenty and thirty percent of the Court’s civil docket:


In our next post, we’ll address a related question: do summary judgments make for less disagreement on the Court, or more?

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