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Kirk Jenkins brings a wealth of experience to his appellate practice, which focuses on antitrust and constitutional law, as well as products liability, RICO, price fixing, information sharing among competitors and class certification. In addition to handling appeals, he also regularly works with trial teams to ensure that important issues are properly presented and preserved for appellate review.  Mr. Jenkins is a pioneer in the application of data analytics to appellate decision-making and writes two analytics blogs, the California Supreme Court Review and the Illinois Supreme Court Review, as well as regularly writing for various legal publications.

Between 2010 and 2020, the Supreme Court decided 36 tort cases from Chicago’s First District: three from Division One, six from Division Two, eight from Division three, nine from Division Four, six from Division Five and four from Division Six.  Eleven cases arose from the Second District.  The Court decided five tort cases each from

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

This time, we’re reviewing the data on the Court’s tort docket for the years 2000 through 2009.  The Court reversed 70% of the tort decisions it reviewed in 2000.  The reversal rate then dipped for several years: 62.5% in 2001, 50% (2002), 55.6% (2003), 58.33% (2004), 50% (2005), 41.67% (2006), 42.86% (2007) and 57.14% in

This time, we’re reviewing the Districts which produced the Supreme Court’s tort caseload, and the Court’s reversal rate, District by District.

The Supreme Court decided 67 tort cases from the First District between 1990 and 1999.  The Court decided 26 cases from the Second District, 9 from the Third, 21 from the Fourth District and

For the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a deep dive on the Supreme Court’s tort cases.  To begin, we’ll consider whether there is any relationship between the party which won at the Appellate Court and the result at the Supreme Court for the years 1990 through 1999.

The reversal rate for tort cases at

This time, we’re reviewing the Court’s docket data on the criminal (quasi-criminal, juvenile justice and mental health) side of the docket, calculating the percentage of cases year-by-year that arose from final judgments.  Although it’s a minimal issue for this period since the death penalty was abolished in Illinois in 2011, we separate out the death