This week and next, we’re tracking the county Circuit Courts which accounted for the Supreme Court’s Fifth District civil and criminal cases between 1990 and 2019. We begin with the civil docket.
The Fifth District is comprised of thirty-six counties in the southernmost part of Illinois, with a total population according to the 2010 census of 1,304,639: Alexander, Bond, Christian, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Shelby, St. Clair, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White and Williamson.
In 1990, St. Clair county produced seven cases, Madison had two and Jackson and Wabash had one each. In 1991, Madison and St. Clair had two cases each and five counties accounted for one: Alexander, Christian, Franklin, Jefferson and Marion. In 1992, Madison county produced three cases, St. Clair and Williamson produced two each, and Bond, Lawrence and Wayne produced one each. In 1993, the Court decided two civil cases each from Madison and St. Clair counties and one from Randolph and Williamson. In 1994, the Court decided three cases from Jackson county, three from Madison, two from St. Clair and one each from Hamilton, Randolph and Williamson.
In 1995, two cases each originated in Effingham and St. Clair counties, and Christian, Franklin, Jackson and Williamson produced one each. In 1996, there were two St. Clair cases and one each from Effingham, Jefferson, Madison and Marion. In 1997, Jackson, Madison and St. Clair counties accounted for two cases each, and Montgomery county produced one. In 1998, Madison county had two cases and Christian, Jackson and Marion counties had one each. In 1999, Madison county again produced two cases and Franklin and Williamson counties had one each.
The Court decided three more cases from St. Clair in 2000 and one from Franklin, Madison and Monroe counties. In 2001, the Court decided two civil cases from Madison county and one from Hardin, Jefferson and St. Clair. In 2002, the Court decided four cases from St. Clair, two from Williamson county, and one from Christian and Madison counties. In 2003, the Court decided one case each from Jefferson, Madison, Pope, Randolph and St. Clair counties. In 2004, the Court decided two cases from St. Clair and one apiece from Crawford, Madison, Union and Wabash.
Join us back here next time as we review the civil-side numbers for the years 2005 to 2019.