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The Justices’ Majority Opinions at the Illinois Supreme Court, 2010-2014

Last week, we took a close look at the individual Justices’ special concurrences and dissents in civil cases between 2005 and 2009. Today, we turn to the opinions written by the Justices during the most recent five years of our study period, 2010-2014. Justice Burke was the most frequent voice of the Court during the … Continue Reading

The Justices’ Dissents at the Illinois Supreme Court, 2005-2009

Yesterday, we continued our close look at the Justices’ writing during our second five year period with a review of the special concurrences between 2005 and 2009. Today, we turn to the Justices’ dissents. Given that special concurrences are generally written to express at least mild disagreement with the majority’s views, it is not surprising … Continue Reading

The Justices’ Special Concurrences at the Illinois Supreme Court, 2005-2009

Last week, we continued our close look at the individual Justices’ writing with a review of the majority opinions in civil cases between 2005 and 2009. This week, we consider which Justices wrote the longest and shortest (and most frequent) special concurrences and dissents during those years. Between 2005 and 2009, Justice Kilbride wrote the … Continue Reading

The Justices’ Majority Opinions at the Illinois Supreme Court, 2005-2009

Yesterday, we concluded our review of the individual Justices’ writing between 2000 and 2004 with a look at the dissents. Today, we turn to the majority opinions between 2005 and 2009. With the election of Justice Lloyd Karmeier in 2004, the Court shifted from a 5-2 to a 4-3 majority for Justices elected as Democrats. … Continue Reading

The Justices’ Dissents at the Illinois Supreme Court, 2000-2004

Last week, we began our review of the individual Justices’ writing with a close look at the majority and concurring decisions for the first five years of our study period, 2000-2004. Today we turn to the Court’s dissents over the same period. The Court’s most common dissenters between 2000 and 2004 were three of the … Continue Reading

The Justices’ Special Concurrences at the Illinois Supreme Court, 2000-2004

Yesterday, we began looking at the Justices’ writing of majority opinions during the initial five years of our study period, 2000-2004. Today, we turn to special concurrences. Special concurrences are a rare phenomenon at the Court. Interestingly, Justice Charles Freeman wrote nearly three times as many concurrences in civil cases as any other Justice on … Continue Reading

The Justices’ Majority Opinions at the Illinois Supreme Court, 2000-2004

Now we turn to the records of the individual Justices. Having addressed the trends in the length of the Court’s opinions, we turn now to the Justices’ writing. Have certain Justices, on average, tended to write longer opinions than other members of the Court? Because each Justice writes between four and eight civil majority opinions … Continue Reading

The Length of Concurrences and Dissents at the Illinois Supreme Court

Yesterday, we addressed the length of majority opinions at the Illinois Supreme Court between 2000 and 2014. Today, we turn to concurrences and dissents. Because they are structured differently, we expect special concurrences and dissents to follow the lead of the majority opinion in the same case: longer where the case is more complex, shorter … Continue Reading

What Determines the Length of the Illinois Supreme Court’s Opinions?

This week, we turn to another subject in our analysis of the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision making in civil cases – what determines the length of the Court’s opinions? Majority opinions are not only comparatively short at the Illinois Supreme Court – they appear to be getting shorter: We would expect majority opinions in divided … Continue Reading
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