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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

Reversal Rates by Area of Law for the Criminal Docket, 2010-2015 (Part II)

Yesterday, we began the final segment of our analysis of the Court’s reversal rates by area of law and prevailing party below with a look at the criminal docket between 2010 and 2015.  Today, we complete our analysis by addressing the Court’s reversal rates, divided by area of law and whether the defendant or the … Continue Reading

Reversal Rates by Area of Law for the Illinois Supreme Court’s Civil Docket, 2010-2015 (Part II)

For the past few weeks, we’ve been taking a close look at the reversal rates before the Illinois Supreme Court, dividing the data by areas of law and whether the defendant or plaintiff prevailed in the lower court.  Today, we conclude our review of the civil docket by asking how reversal rates have differed, area … Continue Reading

Reversal Rates by Area of Law for the Illinois Supreme Court’s Civil Docket, 2010-2015 (Part I)

For the past several weeks, we’ve been taking a close look at reversal rates at the Illinois Supreme Court, analyzing two questions: (1) has the Court reviewed more defendant wins or plaintiff wins from the Appellate Court in each area of law; and (2) do the Court’s reversal rates differ significantly depending on the area … Continue Reading

Reversal Rates by Area of the Law for the Criminal Docket, 2005-2009 (Part II)

Yesterday, we took a look at the criminal docket at the Illinois Supreme Court between 2005 and 2009 – specifically, the fraction of the Court’s caseload, one area of the law at a time, which consisted of defendants prevailing below, versus government wins which the Court decided to review.  Today, we address the follow-up question … Continue Reading

Reversal Rates by Area of Law for the Criminal Docket, 2005-2009 (Part I)

Last week, we continued our close look at the Illinois Supreme Court’s reversal rates, divided by the area of law and the prevailing party below, with a look at the civil docket between 2005 and 2009.  Today, we continue our analysis of that period with a look at the criminal, quasi-criminal, juvenile and disciplinary docket. … Continue Reading

Reversal Rates by Area of the Law for the Civil Docket, 2005-2009 (Part II)

Yesterday, we began our analysis of the Illinois Supreme Court’s civil docket during the second five years of our period of study, 2005-2009.  Today, we continue that study by addressing whether the Court tended to reverse either pro-defendant or pro-plaintiff decisions at a higher rate in any particular area of the law during those years. … Continue Reading

Reversal Rates by Area of Law for the Civil Docket, 2005-2009 (Part I)

Over the past two weeks, we’ve been taking a close look at reversal rates on the Illinois Supreme Court’s civil and criminal dockets, divided by area of the law.  Today, we begin looking at the years 2005-2009. Tort was slightly down during these years, comprising 22.62% of the civil docket.  Civil procedure was still in … Continue Reading

Is Publication Below a Good Predictor of Dissents at the Illinois Supreme Court (Part II)?

Yesterday, we began our discussion of the impact of publication at the Appellate Court on the Illinois Supreme Court’s civil and criminal dockets. We analyzed whether decisions which were published below – presumably, the decisions more open to disagreement – were more likely to lead to dissenting opinions before the Court. Today, we address the … Continue Reading

Is Publication Below a Good Predictor of Dissents at the Illinois Supreme Court (Part I)?

Last week, we began our analysis of the impact of publication at the Appellate Court level on the Illinois Supreme Court’s civil and criminal dockets. Today, we look at a related question – are published Appellate Court decisions a good predictor that the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision on the case will be divided? One would … Continue Reading

How Often Does the Illinois Supreme Court Review Unpublished Decisions?

Last week we concluded our examination of the question of how much of the Illinois Supreme Court’s civil and criminal dockets comes from cases which sparked a dissent at the Appellate Court.  Today, we turn to a similar question: how much of the Court’s docket involves review of unpublished (and non-precedential ) Rule 23 orders? … Continue Reading

What Areas of the Law Does the Illinois Supreme Court Draw Its Docket From (2013-2015)?

Today, we conclude our trip through the areas of law from which the Illinois Supreme Court has drawn its civil and criminal dockets over the past sixteen years with our review of the years 2013-2015. As you can see from the Table below, the striking thing about the Court’s civil docket in 2013 was its … Continue Reading

What Areas of Law Does the Illinois Supreme Court Draw Its Docket From (2010-2012)?

For the past two weeks, we’ve been tracking the areas of law covered in the Illinois Supreme Court’s civil and criminal dockets since 2000. This week, we’ll conclude this issue, beginning with a look at the years 2010-2012. We begin with the year-by-year figures for the two leading subjects on each side of the docket. … Continue Reading

What Areas of Law Does the Illinois Supreme Court Draw Its Docket From (2007-2009)?

Yesterday, we continued our examination of the Illinois Supreme Court’s civil and criminal dockets, addressing the areas of law on both sides of the docket in 2005 and 2006. Today, we turn to the next three years, 2007-2009. Tort cases were down slightly in 2007, both as a fraction of the civil docket (19.51%) and … Continue Reading

What Areas of Law Does the Illinois Supreme Court Draw Its Docket From (2005-2006)?

Last week, we began our review of the principal areas of law from which the Illinois Supreme Court’s civil and criminal dockets have been drawn, addressing the years 2000 through 2004. Today, we continue our investigation with the second five years of our period – 2005 through 2009. In Table 201 below, we chart the … Continue Reading

What Areas of Law Does the Illinois Supreme Court Draw Its Docket From (2002-2004)?

Yesterday, we began our review of the Illinois Supreme Court’s civil and criminal dockets, analyzing the primary areas of the law from which the Court’s caseload is drawn. Today, we address the years 2002-2004. The civil docket data for 2002 is reported in Table 195 below. Tort law was up substantially from 2001 to 2002, … Continue Reading

What Areas of Law Does the Illinois Supreme Court Draw Its Docket From (2000-2001)?

Last week, we finished comparing where in the state the Supreme Court’s civil and criminal dockets have been drawn from between 2000 and 2015. Today, we begin a new subject, comparing the two dockets by the area of law involved. In Table 190 below, we report the data for the two leading areas of law … Continue Reading

How Often Does the Illinois Supreme Court Review Unpublished Decisions (Part II)

Yesterday, we looked at the prevalence of Rule 23 orders (unpublished decisions) as a fraction of the Appellate Court’s workload. Now we turn to the data – how much of the Illinois Supreme Court’s civil caseload consists of Rule 23 orders? Given that a Rule 23 order should in theory break no new legal ground … Continue Reading
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