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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