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How Many Amicus Briefs Does the Illinois Supreme Court Accept in the Average Criminal Case (Part 2)?

For the past two weeks, we’ve been reviewing the Illinois Supreme Court’s recent history with amicus briefs.  Today, we turn our attention to the criminal and quasi-criminal docket between 2008 and 2015. Amicus briefs were far more common in civil cases than in criminal matters between 2008 and 2015 – just as was the case … Continue Reading

How Many Amicus Briefs Does the Illinois Supreme Court Accept in the Average Civil Case (Part 2)?

Last week, we began our examination of the Illinois Supreme Court’s experience since 2000 with amicus briefs, analyzing the years 2000 through 2007 on both the civil and criminal side of the docket.  This week, we’ll turn our attention to the Court’s experience between 2008 and 2015. In Table 352 below, we report the total … Continue Reading

How Many Amicus Briefs Does the Illinois Supreme Court Accept in the Average Criminal Case (Part 1)?

Yesterday, we began our review of the Illinois Supreme Court’s experience with amicus briefs with the data for civil cases between 2000 and 2007. Amicus briefs were far less common on the criminal side of the docket during these early years of our period.  The Court accepted three amicus briefs in non-unanimous criminal decisions in … Continue Reading

How Many Amicus Briefs Does the Illinois Supreme Court Accept in the Average Civil Case (Part 1)?

Last week, we completed our review of the Illinois Supreme Court’s dissents between 2000 and 2016.  Today, we begin our analysis of the Supreme Court’s amicus briefs. We report total amicus briefs in civil cases in Table 348 below.  The Court accepted 16 amicus briefs in non-unanimous decisions in 2000, 15 in 2001 and 15 … Continue Reading

The Role of Amicus Briefs at the Illinois Supreme Court (Part II)

Yesterday, we addressed the Illinois Supreme Court’s standards for granting leave to file amicus briefs. Today, we turn to the data. Civil cases which attract no amicus briefs are rare before the United States Supreme Court and a few of the state Supreme Courts, such as California. Multiple-amicus cases are not uncommon, and cases with … Continue Reading

The Role of Amicus Briefs at the Illinois Supreme Court (Part I)

The role of amicus curiae briefs in litigation before state Supreme Courts has been receiving scholarly attention during the past several years. Some have suggested that some interest groups have begun to see appellate litigation as merely another political arena in which to promote their policy goals.[1] Others have suggested that the explosion of amicus … Continue Reading
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