Last time, we began taking another look at the Court’s tort cases since 1990 – specifically, what issues within the field of tort law has the Court been interested in? This time, we’re reviewing the data for the years 2005 through 2019.
Tort cases have been significantly less common on the Court’s docket during this period – 233 cases from 1990 to 2004, only 111 from 2005 to 2019. Once again, the sub-areas of duty and defenses were the most common, as the Court decided 37 duty cases and 33 cases involving various tort defenses. There were fewer spikes between those issues – the Court decided seven duty cases and only two involving defenses in 2012, and four defenses cases and zero duty in 2016 – but otherwise, the numbers were evenly split each year. Damages cases became a bit more common in comparison to the other two remaining sub-issues. The Court decided 19 damages cases during these years, 11 involving breach and causation issues and 11 “other.”
Join us back here next week as we turn our attention to another area of law.