In 2005, the Court decided two civil cases from Franklin county, two from Madison and one from St. Clair and Williamson. In 2006, the Court decided three cases from St. Clair and one each from Jackson, Jefferson, Madison and Perry counties. In 2007, the Court decided one case from Madison county and one from Montgomery. The following year, the Court decided one case from Madison and one from St. Clair. In 2009, the Court decided three cases from St. Clair and one each from Clinton, Fayette, Marion and Williamson counties.
In 2010, the Court decided one case each from Jefferson, Marion and St. Clair counties. In 2011, the Court decided two cases from Madison and one from Williamson. In 2012, there were three cases from St. Clair county and one each from Clinton, Madison, Marion and Massac. In 2013, the Court decided only one civil case from the Fifth District, from Effingham county. In 2014, they decided one case each from Franklin, Marion and Washington counties.
In 2015, the Court decided two cases from St. Clair and one each from Jackson, Jefferson, Marion and Saline. In 2016, there were two cases from Jackson and one each from Marion and Williamson. The Court decided only one civil case from the Fifth in 2017, which originated in St. Clair county. In 2018, there was one case from Crawford and one from Saline. So far this year, there have been two cases from Madison county and one from Marion county.
In Table 1306, we compare each county’s percentage share of the total population of the Fifth District counties according to the 2010 census to each county’s share of the Supreme Court’s total caseload of civil cases from the Fifth District. St. Clair county accounted for 28.22% of the civil cases and 20.7% of the population. Madison county was 21.47% of the civil cases and 20.64% of the population. Edwards county had an outsize representation, with only 0.52% of the population but 9% of the civil cases. Jackson and Williamson county both produced 7.36% of the civil cases. Jackson is 4.62% of the population, and Williamson is 5.09%. Franklin and Jefferson county both produced 4.29% of the civil caseload. Franklin was 3.03% of the population and Jefferson was 2.98%.
Seven counties in all produced no civil cases across the thirty-year period – Clay, Gallatin, Jasper, Johnson, Pulaski, Shelby and White. An additional fourteen counties accounted for between zero and one percent of the civil cases – Alexander, Bond, Fayette, Hamilton, Hardin, Lawrence, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Perry, Pope, Union, Washington and Wayne counties.
Join us back here next week as we review the Court’s Fifth District criminal cases.