Today, we begin our review of the Justices’ voting records in another area of civil law – domestic relations cases. From 1990 to 1999, the Court decided 23 domestic relations cases. Defendants won 12 of those 23 cases. From 1990 to 1994, defendants won seven cases and lost seven. From 1995 to 1999, defendants won five cases and lost four.
Defendants won ten of these cases at the Appellate Court. The Supreme Court affirmed four of those ten wins and reversed in six cases. From 1990 to 1994, the Supreme Court affirmed three of seven decisions. From 1995 to 1999, the Court affirmed only one of three cases won by defendants below.
The remaining twelve cases were lost by the defendants at the Appellate Court. The Supreme Court reversed, in whole or in part, in seven of those twelve cases. From 1990 to 1994, the Supreme Court reversed four of seven defense losses. From 1995 to 1999, the Court reversed in three cases and affirmed in two.
Join us back here next week as we conclude our review of the year-by-year decisions in domestic relations cases.