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Which Trial Courts Produce the Court’s Criminal Docket (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we reviewed which trial courts produced the Court’s civil docket, year by year for the period 1995 through 1999.  Today, we’ll review the criminal docket for the same years. In 1995, the Court decided thirty-six criminal cases which originated in Cook County.  The Court decided seven cases from Will County, six from Du Page, … Continue Reading

Which Trial Courts Produce the Court’s Civil Docket (Part 2)?

Last week, we began reviewing the trial courts from which the Court’s civil and criminal dockets have arisen, beginning with the years 1990 through 1994.  This week, we’re looking comparing the sources of the dockets for the years 1995 through 1999. In 1995, the Court decided 25 civil cases from Cook County.  It decided three … Continue Reading

Which Trial Courts Produce the Court’s Criminal Docket (Part 1)?

Yesterday, we began reviewing the trial courts which have produced the Court’s civil docket, beginning with the years 1990 through 1994.  Today, we review the Court’s criminal docket for the same years. In 1990, the Court decided twenty-six criminal, quasi-criminal, juvenile and disciplinary cases from Cook County.  The Court decided eight disciplinary and licensing cases … Continue Reading

Which Trial Courts Produce the Supreme Court’s Civil Docket (Part 1)?

Last week, we concluded our analysis of the government’s winning percentage, year by year and one area of law at a time, in civil cases at the Court.  This week, we begin reviewing the trial courts from which the Court’s civil and criminal dockets are drawn. In Table 606, we report the data for civil … Continue Reading

How Often Do Governmental Entities Win Their Civil Appeals (Part 4)?

For the past two weeks, we’ve been reviewing the government’s winning percentage as the appellant in civil cases at the Illinois Supreme Court.  Today, we finish our review with the years 2011 through 2016. In 2011, the government won its only domestic relations case as an appellant.  Governmental entities won two of three cases in … Continue Reading

How Often Do Government Entities Win Their Civil Appeals (Part 3)?

Last week, we began reviewing the government’s winning percentage in civil appeals.  We began by reviewing the data for the years 1990-2003.  This week, we address the more recent years, beginning with the period 2004-2010. For the beginning of this period, the government fared somewhat worse in both constitutional law and government and administrative law … Continue Reading

How Often Do Governmental Entities Win Their Civil Appeals (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we began looking at governmental entities’ won-loss record in civil cases by area of law. Interestingly, governmental entities had significantly more trouble in government and administrative law cases than they did in the previous seven years. In 1997, governmental entities win two thirds of their tort cases and two thirds of their constitutional law … Continue Reading

How Often Do Governmental Entities Win Their Civil Appeals (Part 1)?

For the past few weeks, we’ve been studying appeals brought to the Illinois Supreme Court by governmental entities – specifically, which areas do governmental entities tend to most often appeal in civil cases? This week, we begin our look at the natural follow-up question: how often do governmental entities win those appeals? We begin with … Continue Reading

Here’s the Powerpoint and Recommended Reading From “Litigation Analytics and Appellate Law”

Earlier today, I had the pleasure of joining the Appellate Lawyers’ Association lunchtime meeting to talk about Litigation Analytics and Appellate Law: What the Numbers Tell Us About the Illinois and California Supreme Courts.  Attached here is a copy of the Powerpoint for the Presentation: Data Analytics 11 15 2017, and here’s a recommended reading … Continue Reading

What Areas of Law Does the Government Appeal in Civil Cases (Part 4)?

Yesterday, we continued tracking the areas of law, year by year, in which governmental entities appealed in civil cases. Today, we’re completing our review with the years 2011 through 2016. Once again, the leading areas for governmental entities appeals were government and administrative law with 21 and constitutional law with 10. The court decided five … Continue Reading

What Areas of Law Does the Government Appeal in Civil Cases (Part 3)?

Last week, we began reviewing the subject matter areas in which governmental entities appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court between 1990 and 2003.  This week, we’ll turn our attention to the years 2004 through 2016. For the years 2004 through 2010, governmental and administrative law was the most common source of appeals by government entities … Continue Reading

What Areas of Law Does the State Appeal in Civil Cases (Part 1)?

Over the past few weeks, we’ve looked at how often the State is the appellant in civil and criminal cases at the Supreme Court, and at the distribution of the Court’s cases among the Districts and Divisions of the Appellate Court.  This week, we turn our attention to a new topic: what areas of law … Continue Reading

How Were the Court’s Criminal Cases Distributed at the Appellate Court (Part 4)?

Yesterday, we reviewed the origin of the Court’s criminal docket for the years 2005 through 2010.  Today, we finish the journey – the years 2011 through 2017. One hundred and one of the 244 criminal, quasi-criminal and disciplinary cases the Court has heard 2011-2017 came from Chicago’s First District – 41.39%.  The Court decided eight … Continue Reading

How Were the Court’s Criminal Cases Distributed at the Appellate Court (Part 3)?

Last week, we began looking at which Districts and Divisions of the Appellate Court produced the Supreme Court’s criminal, quasi-criminal and attorney disciplinary docket for the years 1990 through 2003.  This week, we’re looking at the rest of our study period.  First up, 2004 through 2010. For the years 2004 through 2010, 131 of the … Continue Reading

How Were the Court’s Criminal Cases Distributed at the Appellate Court (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we began our journey through the Appellate Court designations for criminal cases with the years 1990 through 1996.  Today, we address the years 1997 through 2003. The Court decided three cases from Division One of the First District in 2002, two in 2000 and 1997 and one in 1998.  The Court decided four cases … Continue Reading

How Were the Court’s Criminal Cases Distributed at the Appellate Court (Part 1)?

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been looking at how the Supreme Court’s civil docket is distributed among the Districts and Divisions of the Appellate Court.  This week and next, we’ll turn our attention to the Court’s criminal caseload. We’ve speculated in past posts that population distribution might be a rough approximator for how the … Continue Reading

How Were the Court’s Civil Cases Distributed at the Appellate Court (Part 4)?

Yesterday, we reviewed the year-by-year data for how the Court’s civil caseload was distributed in the Appellate Court for the years 2004 through 2010. Today, we review the data for the years 2011 through 2017. Since 2011, the Court has decided exactly 100 cases originating in Chicago’s First District – 43.67% of its civil caseload. … Continue Reading

How Were the Court’s Civil Cases Distributed at the Appellate Court (Part 3)?

Last week, we began our review of how the Court’s civil cases are distributed among the Districts and Divisions of the Appellate Court. We began by covering the years 1999 through 2003. This week, we address the more recent years in our study period – first up, the Court’s civil docket from 2004 through 2010. … Continue Reading

How Were the Court’s Civil Cases Distributed In the Appellate Court (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we began our study of where in the Appellate Court the Court has drawn its civil docket each year. Today, we’re reviewing the years 1997 through 2003. For the years 1990 through 1996, cases from Cook County’s First District were consistently about ten percentage points less of the civil docket than one would expect … Continue Reading

How Were the Court’s Civil Cases Distributed In the Appellate Court (Part 1)?

This week, we answer a new question in our study of the expanded Illinois Supreme Court data library: how have the Court’s civil cases been distributed among the various parts of the Appellate Court? As of 1990, Cook County accounted for 44.66% of the total population of Illinois. So if caseload followed population distribution, one … Continue Reading

What Is the State’s Winning Percentage in Criminal Appeals When It’s the Appellant?

Yesterday, we reviewed the data about how the Court’s criminal docket has been divided between cases in which the State was the appellant and defense appeals.  Today, we look at the State’s year-by-year winning percentage in each role. For the years 1990 through 1995, the State’s winning percentage in criminal appeals varied up and down … Continue Reading

How Often is the State the Appellant in Criminal Cases?

Last week, we reviewed the data on how often public entities were parties in civil cases at the Court.  Of course, criminal cases are a different matter; the State is a party to every appeal.  So this week, we address a slightly different question: how many of the Court’s criminal appeals involve appeals by the … Continue Reading

How Often Do Governmental Entities Win in Civil Cases?

Yesterday, we looked at how often governmental entities have appeared as parties in civil cases at the Illinois Supreme Court.  Today, we address the governmental entities’ winning percentage. Governmental entities won sixty percent of the time in 1990 as petitioners.  They won half the time in 1991, 60% in 1992 and 50% in 1993.  In … Continue Reading
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