Yesterday, we began refining our analysis of the how each District of the Appellate Court has fared before the Supreme Court by calculating average votes to affirm the Appellate Court’s decision, divided by non-unanimous and unanimous decisions at the Supreme Court. Today, we add another wrinkle: what fraction of each District’s civil decisions had votes to affirm of zero – in other words, were unanimously reversed?
We report the data in Table 323 below. In all, four courts had more than ten unanimous reversals: the Second District (17); the Fifth (13); direct appeals (13) and the Fourth District (11). For Division Six of the First District, 62.5% of the civil cases ended in unanimous reversals. 59.09% of the Court’s civil cases which arrived as direct appeals (bypassing the Appellate Court) ended in unanimous reversals. For the Second District, 47.22% of the civil cases ended in unanimous reversal, and 47.06% did for Division One of the First District. For the Fifth District, 43.33% of civil cases resulted in unanimous reversals. Division Four of the First District had a 38.46% rate of zero votes to affirm in civil cases between 2000 and 2004. The Fourth District had a 36.67% rate of unanimous reversals. Division Three of the First District saw 35.29% unanimous reversals in civil cases, and one third of the civil cases from Division Two ended that way. Division Five of the First District and First District cases for which we couldn’t determine a Division both fared well by this measure – 16.67% for Division Five, 18.18% for unattributed cases. But the best outcome in the state was for the Third District’s eighteen cases. Only two of those cases – 11.11% – ended in unanimous reversals.
Join us back here next Tuesday as we turn our attention to the criminal docket for the same years, 2000-2004.