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Which District/Division of the Appellate Court Averaged the Most Votes to Affirm Before the Supreme Court in Civil Cases (Part 2)?

Last time, we began reviewing the performance of each District and Division of the Appellate Court for the years 1990 to 2017 using a different metric: average votes each year to affirm the Appellate Court’s decision, regardless of whether the ultimate result was to affirm or reverse.  After reviewing the numbers for Chicago’s First District … Continue Reading

Which District of the Appellate Court Has Been Reversed Most Often in Criminal Cases Since 1990 (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we reviewed the District-by-District reversal rates in criminal cases for the courts of Chicago’s First District.  Today, we’re reviewing the data for the rest of the state. But first, let’s review the criminal cases decided in the First District for which we couldn’t determine a specific Division (the vast majority of these cases fall … Continue Reading

Which District of the Appellate Court Has Been Reversed Most Often in Criminal Cases Since 1990 (Part 1)?

Last week, we reviewed the data on reversal rates for the various Districts and Divisions of the Appellate Court in civil cases at the Supreme Court.  This week, we’re taking a look at the criminal docket. In Table 918, we report the overall reversal rate for each intermediate Court in the 1,361 criminal and quasi-criminal … Continue Reading

Which District Outside of Chicago Is Reversed Most Often in Civil Cases (1990-2017)?

Last time, we reviewed the three-year floating reversal rate in civil cases from 1990 to 2017 of the Divisions of Chicago’s First District of the Appellate Court.  This time, we’re turning our attention to the rest of the state.  For Districts Two through Five, the highest long-term reversal rate was the Fifth District – 72.83% … Continue Reading

Which Division of the First District Is Reversed Most Often in Civil Cases (1990-2017)?

This week, we’re looking at one of the most frequently seen analytics about appellate decision-making and courts of last resort: which Appellate Court has the highest (and lowest) reversal rate.  First, a few words about method.  We define criminal and quasi-criminal cases in our database as criminal, quasi-criminal cases like habeas corpus, juvenile and mental … Continue Reading

Are the Illinois Supreme Court’s Dissents Getting Longer (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we began our examination of trends in the Illinois Supreme Court’s civil and criminal dissents.  We discovered that dissents were at an extremely high level on the criminal side, and somewhat elevated on the civil side, but have settled down in the years since.  The average length of the civil and criminal dissents started … Continue Reading

Are the Illinois Supreme Court’s Dissents Getting Longer (Part 1)?

This week, we conclude our analysis of trends in the length of the Court’s opinions with a look at the Justices’ dissents. First, let’s turn to the most fundamental question – just how common are dissents?  The data reported in Table 345 is not total cases in which at least one dissent was filed, which … Continue Reading

Average Votes to Affirm the Appellate Court in Criminal Cases – Overall Conclusions

Yesterday, we gathered up our last several weeks’ work to assess the performance of the Districts and Divisions of the Appellate Court in civil cases before the Illinois Supreme Court. Today, we review the criminal docket. The same court led among non-unanimous criminal decisions that led for non-unanimous civil cases – Division Five of the … Continue Reading

Refining Reversal Rates: Average Votes to Affirm the Appellate Court in Civil Cases – Overall Conclusions

For the past several weeks, we’ve been refining simple reversal rates as a measure of an Appellate Court’s standing by analyzing, District by District (and Division by Division), the average votes to affirm the Appellate Court. By doing so, we distinguish between decisions which are narrowly reversed by a sharply divided court, and those which … Continue Reading

Refining Reversal Rates: Unanimous Reversals in Criminal Cases, 2010-2015

Today, we conclude our analysis of how the Districts and Divisions of the Appellate Court have fared at the Illinois Supreme Court with a final question – which courts have seen the largest fraction of their criminal decisions unanimously reversed between 2010 and 2015? Unanimous reversals have been roughly as common in recent years as … Continue Reading

Refining Reversal Rates: Average Votes to Affirm the Appellate Court in Criminal Cases, 2010-2015

For the past several weeks, we’ve been refining our analysis of how the Districts and Divisions of the Appellate Court have fared in the past sixteen years before the Illinois Supreme Court, calculating the average votes to affirm garnered by each District’s decisions on the civil and criminal docket.  This week, we address the criminal … Continue Reading

Refining Reversal Rates: Unanimous Reversals in Civil Cases, 2010-2015

Today, we complete our review of the average votes to affirm, District by District of the Appellate Court, in the Illinois Supreme Court’s civil docket.  Our final question – which Districts have had the largest fraction of their civil decisions unanimously reversed over the past six years (a votes-to-affirm of zero)? As we noted yesterday, … Continue Reading

Refining Reversal Rates: Average Votes to Affirm the Appellate Court in Civil Cases, 2010-2015

For the past several weeks, we’ve been refining the most frequently seen measure of how an intermediate appellate court has fared before the Supreme Court – the simple reversal rate – by tracking the average votes to affirm, District by District, divided by non-unanimous and unanimous decisions of the Supreme Court.  Today, we turn to … Continue Reading

Refining Reversal Rates: Unanimous Reversals in Criminal Cases, 2005-2009

Yesterday, we began our look at the Illinois Supreme Court’s criminal docket for the years 2005 to 2009 by calculating average votes to affirm, District by District of the Appellate Court.  Today, we ask a related question: what fraction of each District and Division’s criminal decisions were reversed unanimously by the Supreme Court – a … Continue Reading

Refining Reversal Rates: Average Votes to Affirm the Appellate Court in Criminal Cases, 2005-2009

For the past few weeks, we’ve been refining simple reversal rates – the most often-used measure of how an intermediate appellate court has fared before the Supreme Court – by tracking the average votes to affirm each District and Division of the Appellate Court.  This week, we’re looking at the criminal docket between 2005 and … Continue Reading

Refining Reversal Rates: Unanimous Reversals in Civil Cases, 2005-2009

Yesterday, we continued our analysis, refining simple reversal rates as a measure of how the Districts and Divisions of the Appellate Court fared before the Supreme Court by calculating each court’s average votes to affirm in civil cases between 2005 and 2009.  Today, we ask which Districts had the highest and lowest percentage of their … Continue Reading

Refining Reversal Rates: Average Votes to Affirm the Appellate Court in Civil Cases, 2005-2009

Last week, we further refined our measure of how the decisions of the various Districts and Divisions of the Appellate Court have fared before the Supreme Court by calculating the average votes to affirm in civil cases between 2000 and 2004.  Today, we begin our look at the second five years of our study period … Continue Reading

Refining Reversal Rates: Unanimous Reversals in Criminal Cases, 2000-2004

Yesterday, we began addressing the average votes to affirm, District by District and Division by Division, of the Appellate Court in criminal cases before the Illinois Supreme Court between 2000 and 2004.  Today, we turn to a related question: which Districts of the Appellate Court had the highest percentage of their criminal cases result in … Continue Reading

Refining Reversal Rates: Average Votes to Affirm the Appellate Court in Criminal Cases, 2000-2004

Last week, we began further refining reversal rates as a measure of how the Districts and Divisions of the Appellate Court have fared before the Illinois Supreme Court by considering the average votes to affirm the Appellate Court’s decisions in the civil and criminal dockets.  Today, we turn to the Supreme Court’s criminal docket between … Continue Reading

Refining Reversal Rates: Unanimous Reversals in Civil Cases, 2000-2004

Yesterday, we began refining our analysis of the how each District of the Appellate Court has fared before the Supreme Court by calculating average votes to affirm the Appellate Court’s decision, divided by non-unanimous and unanimous decisions at the Supreme Court.  Today, we add another wrinkle: what fraction of each District’s civil decisions had votes … Continue Reading

Refining Reversal Rates: Average Votes to Affirm the Appellate Court in Civil Cases, 2000-2004

Over the past several weeks, we’ve considered the District-by-District reversal rates at the Illinois Supreme Court in the civil and criminal dockets.  We refined that measure by factoring in the PLAs which are denied review and considered a “true” reversal rate – the portion of cases which are brought to the Court in PLAs which … 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
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