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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How Often Does the Illinois Supreme Court Review Unpublished Decisions?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  Today, we turn to a similar question: how much of the Court’s docket involves review of unpublished (and non-precedential ) Rule 23 orders?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

How Often Does the Illinois Supreme Court Review Unpublished Decisions (Part II)

Yesterday, we looked at the prevalence of Rule 23 orders (unpublished decisions) as a fraction of the Appellate Court’s workload.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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