Last time, we reviewed the data on which areas of law were involved in the civil cases originating in Cook County which the Supreme Court decided from 1990 to 2004. This time, we’re looking at the years 2005 to 2019.
In 2005, the Supreme Court decided five constitutional law and five government/administrative law cases which originated in Cook County. There were four civil procedure cases, three tort and workers comp cases, two cases each in insurance law and tax law and one involving consumer law. In 2006, the Court decided six tort cases, four government/administrative law cases, three constitutional and insurance law cases, two cases involving commercial law and one each in civil procedure, employment law and workers comp. In 2007, the Court decided six tort cases, three civil procedure cases, two cases each in constitutional law, insurance law and workers compensation and one apiece in consumer and tax law. In 2008, the Court decided nine tort cases, two tax law cases and one case each in five areas: civil procedure, constitutional law, contract law, election law and property law. In 2009, the Court decided two cases each in four areas: constitutional law, government/administrative law, tax law and wills & estates. The Court decided one case each in civil procedure, election law, employment law, insurance law and tort law.
In 2010, the Court decided five civil cases from Cook county in constitutional law and tort law, two each about civil procedure, government and administrative law, insurance and tax law, and one dealing with contract law, domestic relations, election law and secured transactions. In 2011, there were three cases in domestic relations, government/administrative and tort law, and one apiece in civil procedure, constitutional law, election law, employment law, insurance and tax law. In 2012, there were seven civil procedure cases, four in government and administrative law, three about tort law, two in domestic relations and one each in constitutional law, election law and wills & estates. In 2013, the Court decided four cases involving government and administrative law, three in tort law, two in constitutional law and one each in civil procedure, tax, wills and estates and workers comp. In 2014, there were four tort cases, three in government/administrative law, two about constitutional law and one each in civil procedure and domestic relations.
In 2015, the Court decided four tort cases, three civil procedure cases, two in constitutional law and government/administrative, and one each in six different areas: domestic relations, environmental law, insurance law, property law, secured transactions and workers compensation. In 2016, the Court decided five civil constitutional law cases, four government, four tort and one each in domestic relations, property law and workers compensation. In 2017, the Court decided five government cases, four tort, two constitutional law and one each in domestic relations and tax law. Last year, there were four civil procedure cases, three in government and administrative law, two each about constitutional law and insurance law and one each in construction law and tort law. So far in 2019, there have been two cases each in civil procedure, constitutional law and government/administrative and one each in property law and tax law.
Below we report the share of the total civil cases from Cook county for each area of the law. Only four areas are in double digits – tort 27.02%, civil procedure 15.86%, constitutional law 14.4% and government and administrative law 12.78%. After that, there’s a steep drop off to insurance law at 6.47%, domestic relations 3.4% and workers comp 3.24%.
Join us here next week as we look at Cook’s criminal cases decided by the Supreme Court.