Yesterday, we began our detailed look at the most common area of law on the Court’s civil and criminal dockets (and the area of law most frequently identified with courts of law resort) – constitutional law. Today, we’re beginning our review of the Court’s constitutional law cases on the criminal docket side.
In 1990, the Court decided fourteen constitutional law cases on the criminal law side. In 1991, the Court decided only eight con law cases, but in 1992 and 1994, the Court decided twenty-one cases per year. In 1993, the Court decided ten constitutional law cases. In 1995, the Court decided thirteen constitutional law cases. In 1996, the Court decided nine cases.
Constitutional law cases were up somewhat on the criminal law side of the docket in the next seven years. The Court decided ten cases in 1997, nineteen in 1998, fifteen cases in 1999, thirteen in 2000, fourteen in 2001 and eighteen cases in 2002. In 2003, the Court’s caseload in criminal law rose to twenty-six cases.
The Court’s constitutional law caseload edged downwards a bit between 2004 and 2010. The Court decided sixteen cases in 2004, nineteen in 2005, thirteen in 2006, seven cases in 2007, eighteen in 2008, seven in 2009 and eleven in 2010.
Constitutional law cases have remained a bit lower over the past seven years. The Court decided six con law cases in the criminal docket in 2011, seven in 2012, nine each in 2013 and 2014, eleven cases in 2015 and ten per year in 2016 and 2017.
Join us back here next Tuesday as we continue our analysis of the Court’s experience with constitutional law.