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Which District/Division of the Appellate Court Averaged the Most Votes to Affirm Before the Supreme Court in Civil Cases (Part 2)?

Last time, we began reviewing the performance of each District and Division of the Appellate Court for the years 1990 to 2017 using a different metric: average votes each year to affirm the Appellate Court’s decision, regardless of whether the ultimate result was to affirm or reverse.  After reviewing the numbers for Chicago’s First District … Continue Reading

Which District/Division of the Appellate Court Averaged the Most Votes to Affirm Before the Supreme Court in Civil Cases (Part 1)?

For the past two weeks, we’ve been reviewing the reversal rates before the Supreme Court of each District and Division of the Appellate Court since 1990.  But not all affirmances (or reversals) are created equal.  A 4-3 reversal is arguably a different thing than a 7-0 reversal (and the same goes for affirmances by those … Continue Reading

Which District of the Appellate Court Has Been Reversed Most Often in Criminal Cases Since 1990 (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we reviewed the District-by-District reversal rates in criminal cases for the courts of Chicago’s First District.  Today, we’re reviewing the data for the rest of the state. But first, let’s review the criminal cases decided in the First District for which we couldn’t determine a specific Division (the vast majority of these cases fall … Continue Reading

Which District of the Appellate Court Has Been Reversed Most Often in Criminal Cases Since 1990 (Part 1)?

Last week, we reviewed the data on reversal rates for the various Districts and Divisions of the Appellate Court in civil cases at the Supreme Court.  This week, we’re taking a look at the criminal docket. In Table 918, we report the overall reversal rate for each intermediate Court in the 1,361 criminal and quasi-criminal … Continue Reading

Which District Outside of Chicago Is Reversed Most Often in Civil Cases (1990-2017)?

Last time, we reviewed the three-year floating reversal rate in civil cases from 1990 to 2017 of the Divisions of Chicago’s First District of the Appellate Court.  This time, we’re turning our attention to the rest of the state.  For Districts Two through Five, the highest long-term reversal rate was the Fifth District – 72.83% … Continue Reading

Which Division of the First District Is Reversed Most Often in Civil Cases (1990-2017)?

This week, we’re looking at one of the most frequently seen analytics about appellate decision-making and courts of last resort: which Appellate Court has the highest (and lowest) reversal rate.  First, a few words about method.  We define criminal and quasi-criminal cases in our database as criminal, quasi-criminal cases like habeas corpus, juvenile and mental … Continue Reading

How Was Dissent Distributed in Criminal Cases?

Yesterday, we took a closer look at last week’s analysis of the unanimity rate, asking how much of the docket was accounted for by one, two and three dissenter cases.  Over the entire period 1990-2017, 12.86% of the criminal decisions had one dissenter, 10.65% had two – both slightly below the rate in civil cases … Continue Reading

How Was Dissent Distributed in Civil Cases?

Last week, we discussed the evolution of the Court’s rate of unanimity in civil cases.  But of course, that analysis omits important variables – how was the dissent distributed?  It tells us something very different if, for example, the entire group of divided decisions were 6-1 or 4-3.  So this week, we’re looking at that … Continue Reading

How Has the Court’s Unanimity Rate in Criminal Cases Changed Over Time?

Yesterday, we began our review of how the Court’s unanimity rate has changed over time with a review of the data for the civil docket.  Today, we’re looking at the criminal docket.  For the entire twenty-eight years, the Court has decided 1,540 cases and been unanimous in 67.86% – less than a point higher than … Continue Reading

How Has the Court’s Unanimity Rate in Civil Cases Changed Over Time?

This week, we’re turning our attention to a new issue, comparing the evolution of the Court’s unanimity rate in civil and criminal cases over time.  Between 1990 and 2017, the Court decided 1,363 civil cases, 67.06% of them unanimously. In Table 890, we report the yearly numbers from 1990 to 1996.  In 1990, the Court’s … Continue Reading

How Do the Illinois and California Supreme Courts’ Civil Dockets Compare (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we began a multi-day crossover post comparing the Illinois and California Supreme Courts’ civil (and later in the week, criminal) dockets, how they compare to each other and how they evolved over time. Today, we’re comparing the Courts’ dockets from 2004 to 2017. We showed last time that the Illinois Supreme Court decided 139 … Continue Reading

How Do the Illinois and California Supreme Courts’ Civil Dockets Compare (Part 1)?

After reading this shout-out to our ongoing series of posts, both here and at the California Supreme Court Review, tracing how the courts’ civil and criminal dockets have evolved over time, I thought it was time for another cross-over series, both here and at CSCR. So, today and tomorrow, we’re looking at the two courts’ … Continue Reading

How Has the Court Decided Cases Involving Property Crimes Since 1990?

Yesterday, we took a close look at the Court’s arbitration cases since 1990.  Today, we’re on the criminal side of the docket, looking at the Court’s cases involving property crimes.  Less than a third of the Court’s property crime cases were won by the prosecution below – only 31.58%.  Oddly, the Court reversed 83.33% of … Continue Reading

How Has the Court Decided Arbitration Cases Since 1990?

Last week, we turned our attention to two new two areas of law in our ongoing review of the Court’s decision making – on the civil side, arbitration cases, and on the criminal side, cases involving property crimes.  Today, we’re taking a more in-depth look at the Court’s arbitration decisions. Since 1990, a lopsided proportion … Continue Reading

How Many Cases Involving Property Crimes Does the Court Decide a Year?

Last time, we reviewed the Court’s experience with arbitration law cases since 1990.  Now we’re reviewing the Court’s decisions involving property crimes (burglary, forgery, etc.)  Since 1990, the Court has decided nineteen cases involving property crime issues. The Court decided two cases in 1990, one in 1991 and three in 1992. The Court decided one … Continue Reading

How Many Arbitration Cases Does the Court Decide a Year?

This week, we’re turning our attention to two new areas of law in the Court’s civil and criminal dockets: arbitration law and cases involving property crimes.  Since 1990, the Court has decided seventeen cases involving arbitration law. The Court decided one arbitration case in 1991, two in 1992 and one in 1995. The Court decided … Continue Reading

How Has the Court Decided Criminal Cases Involving Sexual Offenses Since 1990?

Last week, we reviewed the year-by-year numbers for the Illinois Supreme Court’s history with two new areas of the law: civil cases involving employment law and criminal cases involving sexual offenses. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the sexual offense cases. Since 1990, fifty-five percent of the criminal sexual offense cases which the Court … Continue Reading

How Many Cases Involving Sexual Offenses Does the Court Decide a Year?

Yesterday, we reviewed the Court’s yearly docket of employment law cases over on the civil side.  Today, we’re in the criminal docket – how many cases does the Court decide per year involving sexual offenses?  Since 1990, the Court has decided thirty-seven criminal cases involving sexual offense issues. The Court decided one case in 1990, … Continue Reading

How Many Employment Law Cases Has the Court Decided a Year Since 1990?

This week, we’re beginning our review of the Court’s history with two new areas of law: employment law on the civil side, and prosecutions for sex offenses on the criminal side. Since 1990, the Court has decided only twenty-four cases primarily involving issues of employment law.  We review the year-by-year data below.  The Court decided … Continue Reading

How Has the Court Decided Attorney Disciplinary Cases Since 1990?

Yesterday, we reviewed the Court’s experience since 1990 with tax law cases. Today, we’re looking at the Court’s history with attorney disciplinary cases. For the entire period, the Court decided 40 disciplinary cases. Attorney challengers won 55% of the cases the Court heard below. The Court reversed cases won by attorney challengers 45.45% of the … Continue Reading

How Many Attorney Disciplinary Cases Has the Court Decided a Year?

Yesterday, we reviewed the Court’s docket of tax cases.  Today, we’re reviewing the Court’s yearly attorney disciplinary cases.  Between 1990 and 2017, the Court has decided forty-three attorney disciplinary cases. The Court decided ten attorney disciplinary cases in 1990, five in 1991, four in 1992, two in 1993, two in 1994 and one in 1995. … Continue Reading

How Many Tax Cases Does the Court Decide a Year?

For the last two weeks, we’ve been taking a close look at the Court’s docket of cases involving workers compensation on the civil side, and the elements of violent crimes on the criminal side.  Today, we’re starting our look at two new topics: tax law and attorney disciplinary decisions.  First, for the civil docket, we’re … Continue Reading
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