Last time, we began our review of the general data for reversal rates in tort cases between 2000 and 2009. This time, we’re drilling down further to look at where the cases came from and whether the Court’s reversal rate differed significantly from one District to another of the Appellate Court.
Not surprisingly, the bulk of the Court’s tort docket between 2000 and 2009 came from Chicago’s First District. The Court decided 45 cases during those years – 11 from Division One, 10 from Division Two, 6 from Division Three, 8 from Division Four, 3 from Division Five and 7 from Division Six. The Court decided 19 tort cases from the Second District. There were only 5 tort cases from the Third District. The Court decided 14 cases each from the Fourth and Fifth Districts.
In the First District, Division Five fared worst for the decade – all of its tort decisions were reversed. Divisions Two and Three were neck and neck – 70% reversed from Division Two, two-thirds from Division Three. Division Six had a reversal rate of 57.14%. The reversal rate in Division Four was only 50%, and only 45.45% of the decisions from Division One were reversed.
The Fifth District had a reversal rate of 78.57%. The Second District did reasonably well, with a reversal rate of 52.63%. Half of the decisions from the Fourth District were reversed. Cases from the Third District were rare, but the Third did very well, with a reversal rate of only 40%.
Next time, we’ll take a look at the data for the years 2010 through 2020.