Today, we’re concluding our review of the individual Justices’ voting records in tort cases. Justice Theis has participated in 55 tort cases since her tenure began in 2010. Justice Theis has voted for defendants in 38 of those cases and voted for plaintiffs 17 times. From 2010 to 2013, she voted for defendants 21 times and for plaintiffs only 5 times. From 2014 to 2017, she voted for defendants in 17 of 25 cases. Since that time, she has voted for plaintiffs in all four tort cases.
Since taking her seat on the Court, Justice Theis has participated in 12 tort cases won by the defendants below. She has evenly split her votes – six votes to affirm, six to reverse.
Justice Theis has participated in 43 tort cases lost by the defendant at the Appellate Court, voting to reverse, at least in part, 32 of those 43 cases. From 2010 to 2013, she voted to reverse in 18 of 22 cases. From 2014 to 2016, she voted to reverse in 10 of 14 cases.
Justice Neville has participated in three tort cases since joining the Court, voting for defendants once and for plaintiffs twice. Two of those three cases were won by the defendant below, with Justice Neville voting to reverse both times. One tort case was won by the defendant below, and Justice Neville voted to reverse.
Join us back here next Tuesday as we begin our review of a new area of law.