Today, we’re beginning a new multi-part series of posts, looking at the reversal rates for each District and Division of the Appellate Court by the area of law involved in the case.  First up: the First District Appellate Court in the 1990s.  There was only one environmental law and one election law case, and each was reversed.  Three areas had a 75% reversal rate: domestic relations, property law and commercial law.  The reversal rate for tort law was 65.7%.  In civil procedure, it was 65.6%, and for government and administrative law cases, just a bit lower still – 65%.  The reversal rate for constitutional law was 54.6%.  Half of the wills and estates cases were reversed.  The reversal rates for both contract and arbitration cases were 40%.  Insurance was slightly lower at 38.5%.  One-third of workers compensation cases were reversed.  The lowest subject matter reversal rates for First District cases were in tax law – 25% – and employment law – 20%.

Reviewing the divisions of the First District for outliers, tort decisions were reasonably uniform.  The reversal rate from Division One was 87.5%, down to a low of 50% for Division Six.  Government and administrative law decisions were similar – 50% from Divisions One, Two and Four, 80% from Division Three.  The lowest overall reversal rate – employment law – also saw the widest variance: 100% for Division Two, zero from Divisions One, Four, Five and Six.  Civil procedure cases ranged from 28.6% reversal in Division One to 75% in Division Six.  Insurance decisions had a 100% reversal rate in Division Five, 50% in Divisions One through Three, and zero in Division Four.  Constitutional law had the same wide spread as employment law: 100% reversal rate in Division Two; 50% in Divisions Three, Four and Five; and zero in Divisions One and Six.

Join us back here next time as we review the data for the rest of the state.

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