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Does Dissent at the Appellate Court Predict Division in Criminal Cases at the Supreme Court?

Yesterday, we looked at the year-by-year data on the civil side of the docket, asking whether a dissent at the Appellate Court tends to indicate that one or more dissenters are likely at the Supreme Court.  Today, we’re looking at the same question on the criminal side. In Table 676, we report the absolute numbers … Continue Reading

Does Dissent at the Appellate Court Predict Dissent in Civil Cases at the Supreme Court?

Last time, we tracked the year-by-year data, testing the proposition that most of the Court’s cases are sufficiently “close calls” to have brought a dissent at the Appellate Court.  This week, we’re testing another proposition – does dissent at the Appellate Court suggest that there’s going to be one or more dissenters at the Supreme … Continue Reading

Are Most of the Court’s Criminal Cases Divided Decisions at the Court of Appeal?

Last time, we looked at the share, year by year, of the Court’s civil docket accounted for by decisions which brought a dissent at the Court of Appeal.  Today, we’re looking at the data for the criminal docket. The Court decided fifteen criminal cases in 1990 and 1991 which were divided below.  The Court decided … Continue Reading

Are Most of the Court’s Civil Cases Divided Decisions at the Court of Appeal?

This week, we’re beginning a new topic in our ongoing study of the Court’s decision making.  One often hears that unless there’s a dissent at the Appellate Court level, there’s no chance that the Supreme Court will agree to hear the case.  So – how true is that?  How much of the Supreme Court’s docket … Continue Reading

Which Counties Produced the Court’s Criminal Docket, 1990-2017?

Yesterday, we reviewed the overall data for the period 1990 through 2017 of the originating counties for the Supreme Court’s civil docket.  Today, we’re looking at the Court’s criminal docket. Cook County accounted for 41.46% of the Court’s criminal docket between 1990 and 2017 – a slightly less predominant position than in the civil docket.  … Continue Reading

Which Counties Produced the Court’s Civil Docket, 1990-2017?

Over the past several weeks, we’ve been tracking the county trial courts which have produced the Supreme Court’s civil and criminal dockets between 1990 and 2017.  This week, we’re reviewing the overall data for the entire period. Between 1990 and 2017, Cook County accounted for 44.68% of the Court’s civil cases.  Du Page County produced … Continue Reading

Which Trial Courts Produce the Court’s Criminal Docket (Part 6)?

Yesterday, we examined the trial courts which produced the Supreme Court’s civil docket for the years 2015 through 2017.  Today, we’re looking at the data for the Court’s criminal docket. In 2015, the Court decided sixteen criminal cases from Cook County, four from Will and three from Kane County.  The Court decided one case each … Continue Reading

Which Trial Courts Produce the Court’s Civil Docket (Part 6)?

For the past several weeks, we’ve been reviewing the year-by-year data to determine which trial courts have produced the Supreme Court’s civil and criminal dockets.  This week, we’re reviewing the years 2015 through 2017.  Today: the civil docket. In 2015, the Court decided seventeen civil cases from Cook County.  The Court decided four cases from … Continue Reading

Which Trial Courts Produce the Court’s Criminal Docket (Part 5)?

Yesterday, we reviewed the trial courts from which the Court’s civil docket came for the years 2010 through 2014.  Today, we’re looking at the criminal docket. In 2010, the Court decided twenty-three cases from Cook County, six from  Peoria, four from Du Page, three from Kane County, and two each from Lake, Winnebago and Boone … Continue Reading

Which Trial Courts Produce the Court’s Civil Docket (Part 5)?

For the past several weeks, we’ve been reviewing, one year at a time, the trial courts which have produced the Supreme Court’s civil and criminal dockets.  This week, we’re reviewing the years 2010 through 2014. In 2010, the Court decided twenty-two civil cases from Cook County, two cases from Sangamon and Kane counties, and one … Continue Reading

Which Trial Courts Produce the Court’s Criminal Docket (Part 4)?

For the past three weeks, we’ve been reviewing the year by year data for which trial courts have produced the Supreme Court’s civil and criminal dockets.  Yesterday, we looked at the data for the civil docket between 2005 and 2009.  Today, we’re reviewing the data for the criminal docket for the same years. In 2005, … Continue Reading

Which Trial Courts Produce the Court’s Civil Docket (Part 4)?

For the past three weeks, we’ve been reviewing which county trial courts have produced the Supreme Court’s civil and criminal dockets since 1990.  This week, we’re reviewing the years 2005 through 2009. In 2005, the Court decided twenty-five civil cases from Cook County.  The Court decided four cases each from Madison and Franklin counties, two … Continue Reading

Which Trial Courts Produce the Court’s Criminal Docket (Part 3)?

Yesterday, we reviewed which trial courts produced the Court’s civil docket between 2000 and 2004.  Today, we’re looking at the data for the docket of criminal, quasi-criminal and attorney disciplinary cases during the same years. As you can see in Table 631 below, the criminal docket is usually more scattered as a geographical matter than … Continue Reading

Which Trial Courts Produce the Court’s Civil Docket (Part 3)?

For the past two weeks, we’ve been reviewing which trial courts, year by year, have produced the Court’s civil and criminal dockets.  This week, we’re looking at the years 2000 through 2004 – first up, the civil cases. In 2000, the Court decided nineteen civil cases from Cook County.  The rest of the cases were … Continue Reading

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

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
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