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Which Districts of the Appellate Court Account for the Court’s Civil Docket (2005-2019)?

Last time, we reviewed the originating Districts of the Appellate Court for the Supreme Court’s civil docket between 1990 and 2004.  Today, we’re taking the numbers up to today. For the years 2005 to 2009, the Court decided 87 cases in all which originated in Chicago’s First District – 14 from Division 1, 17 from … Continue Reading

Which Districts of the Appellate Court Account for the Court’s Civil Docket (1990-2004)?

This week, we’re looking at a new topic in our ongoing review of the Court’s work: which Districts of the Appellate Court contributed the Supreme Court’s civil docket since 1990. Between 1990 and 1994, the civil docket was far from evenly distributed, either among the Districts of the Appellate Court, or among the Divisions of … Continue Reading

Are Certified Question Appeals More Likely to Be Decided by a Divided Court?

Yesterday, we looked at the small number of certified appeals the Court has decided since the late 1990s.  Since 1997, the Court has heard only eight certified question appeals from the Seventh Circuit – nearly all of them originating in the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Today, we look at a related … Continue Reading

How Often Does the Illinois Supreme Court Hear Certified Questions from the Seventh Circuit?

Over the past couple of weeks over at the California Supreme Court Review, we’ve been analyzing the California Supreme Court’s experience with certified questions.  So today, we turn our attention to the same issue: how often does the Illinois Supreme Court decide certified questions? The Court’s certified question docket is governed by Supreme Court Rule … Continue Reading
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