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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

How Common Are Governmental Parties in the Court’s Civil Docket?

For the past several weeks, we’ve looked at the Court’s record with death penalty appeals.  This week and next, we’re looking at the Court’s record with parties that are governmental entities. In Table 559, we report the total number of petitioners who were government entities between 1990 and 2004.  Governmental petitioners varied widely from 1990 … Continue Reading

Reviewing the Justices’ Voting Records in Death Penalty Appeals, 1990-2010 (Part 2)

Yesterday, we reviewed the individual Justices’ voting records in death penalty cases for the years 1990 through 1999.  Today, we’re looking at the Justices’ voting records for the years 2000 through abolition in 2010. Partial reversals with the sentence affirmed were quite rare during the years 2000 through 2004.  Justice Miller led the Court, voting … Continue Reading

Reviewing the Justices’ Voting Records in Death Penalty Appeals, 1990-2010 (Part 1)

Last week, we discussed the data on how often the Justices of the Court voted with the majority in the Illinois Supreme Court’s death penalty cases between 1990 and 2010 (after which the death penalty was abolished). This week, we review the individual Justices’ votes. In Table 551, we report the fraction of each Justice’s … Continue Reading

Measuring Influence in Death Penalty Cases – Which Justices Were Most Often in the Majority (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we began our analysis of the individual Justices’ voting records in death penalty cases – specifically, how often each Justice voted with the majority.  Today, we’ll review the data for the years 2000 through 2010.  First, the years 2000 through 2004.  Justices McMorrow (34 cases), Rarick (4 cases) and Bilandic (17 cases) voted with … Continue Reading

Measuring Influence in Death Penalty Cases – Which Justices Were Most Often in the Majority?

For the past several weeks, we’ve been comparing the death penalty jurisprudence of the Illinois and California Supreme Courts.  Having reviewed the county-by-county reversal rates last week, this week we’re looking at the individual Justices.  We’ll review two  indices of the Justices’ views and influence on the Court: first, the percentage of cases where the … Continue Reading

Were Majority Opinions in Death Penalty Cases Longer or Shorter When the Court Reversed?

Yesterday, we began reviewing the data on majority opinions in death penalty cases from 1990 through the Court’s last death penalty appeal in 2010.  Today, we look at a related question: did the Court’s majority opinions tend to run longer when the Court was partially or fully reversing? Interestingly, across the entire twenty year period, … Continue Reading

Who Wrote the Court’s Majority Opinions in Death Penalty Cases?

For the past two weeks, we’ve been studying death penalty appeals, both here and on the California Supreme Court Review blog.  This week, we turn our attention to the authors of the Court’s majority opinions in death penalty cases. Once again, we divide the cases into four results: (1) affirmance; (2) partial reversal with sentence … Continue Reading

The New Illinois Supreme Court Database – Reviewing the Data

Yesterday, we announced the completion of a substantial expansion to the Illinois Supreme Court’s database.  Today, we review the full list of data points included in the database. Join us back here tomorrow as we resume our analysis of the Court’s death penalty jurisprudence. Image courtesy of Flickr by Adam Moss (no changes).… Continue Reading

Where Did the Illinois Supreme Court’s Death Penalty Cases Arise?

Yesterday, we began reviewing the Court’s county by county distribution of death penalty appeals, beginning in 1994.  Today, we will begin by reviewing the data from 2004 through 2010. The Court decided only two death penalty appeals each year from 2004 through 2007.  In 2004, the Court decided one case in Cook and one case … Continue Reading
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