Yesterday, we reviewed the overall data for the period 1990 through 2017 of the originating counties for the Supreme Court’s civil docket. Today, we’re looking at the Court’s criminal docket.
Cook County accounted for 41.46% of the Court’s criminal docket between 1990 and 2017 – a slightly less predominant position than in the civil docket. Du Page County produced 5.41% and Will County accounted for 5.08%. Kane County produced 3.98% and Lake County accounted for 3.85%. Champaign County produced 2.67%, the ARDC was 2.54% of the docket, and Peoria County produced 2.54%. McLean County produced 2.09% of the docket. St. Clair County produced 1.89%, Winnebago County 1.83%, and Kankakee County 1.76%. Madison County accounted for 1.56%, Livingston 1.37%, Vermilion 1.24% and Sangamon County produced 1.04%. Rock Island and Henry counties accounted for 0.98% of the Court’s criminal cases. La Salle County accounted for 0.91%, Adams County 0.78%, Macon County 0.72%, Bureau County 0.65%, and Jefferson County produced 0.59%.
McHenry, Grundy and Tazewell counties accounted for 0.59% of the Court’s criminal docket each. Whiteside, Coles and Boone counties accounted for 0.52%. Randolph, Williamson and Ogle counties produced 0.46% of the criminal docket each. Jackson, Clinton, Marion, Montgomery, Hancock, Macoupin and De Kalb counties produced 0.39% of the criminal docket. Stephenson and Effingham counties produced 0.33%. Knox, Iroquois, Jo Daviess, Warren, Pike and Kendall counties accounted for 0.26% each.
Union, Schuyler, Mason, Douglas, Lee, Ford and Wayne counties all accounted for 0.2%, and unknown trial courts were 0.2% too. The following counties produced 0.13% of the Court’s criminal docket: Edgar, Saline, McDonough, Fayette, Cumberland, Piatt, Fulton, Massac, Woodford, Logan and Morgan.
Johnson and Stark counties both accounted for 0.13% of the Court’s criminal docket. A great many jurisdictions produced one case each: Wabash, Pope, Jasper, Mercer, El Paso, Shelby, Menard, Pulaski, Washington, Alexander, Moultrie, Greene, Clark, Jersey, Perry and Hamilton counties, original jurisdiction cases, and administrative cases on direct appeal.
Join us back here next Tuesday as we turn our attention to another issue in the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision making.