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Reversal Rates by Area of Law for the Illinois Supreme Court’s Civil Docket, 2010-2015 (Part I)

For the past several weeks, we’ve been taking a close look at reversal rates at the Illinois Supreme Court, analyzing two questions: (1) has the Court reviewed more defendant wins or plaintiff wins from the Appellate Court in each area of law; and (2) do the Court’s reversal rates differ significantly depending on the area … Continue Reading

Reversal Rates by Area of the Law for the Criminal Docket, 2005-2009 (Part II)

Yesterday, we took a look at the criminal docket at the Illinois Supreme Court between 2005 and 2009 – specifically, the fraction of the Court’s caseload, one area of the law at a time, which consisted of defendants prevailing below, versus government wins which the Court decided to review.  Today, we address the follow-up question … Continue Reading

Reversal Rates by Area of Law for the Criminal Docket, 2005-2009 (Part I)

Last week, we continued our close look at the Illinois Supreme Court’s reversal rates, divided by the area of law and the prevailing party below, with a look at the civil docket between 2005 and 2009.  Today, we continue our analysis of that period with a look at the criminal, quasi-criminal, juvenile and disciplinary docket. … Continue Reading

Reversal Rates by Area of the Law for the Civil Docket, 2005-2009 (Part II)

Yesterday, we began our analysis of the Illinois Supreme Court’s civil docket during the second five years of our period of study, 2005-2009.  Today, we continue that study by addressing whether the Court tended to reverse either pro-defendant or pro-plaintiff decisions at a higher rate in any particular area of the law during those years. … Continue Reading

Reversal Rates by Area of Law for the Civil Docket, 2005-2009 (Part I)

Over the past two weeks, we’ve been taking a close look at reversal rates on the Illinois Supreme Court’s civil and criminal dockets, divided by area of the law.  Today, we begin looking at the years 2005-2009. Tort was slightly down during these years, comprising 22.62% of the civil docket.  Civil procedure was still in … Continue Reading

Reversal Rates by Area of Law for the Criminal Docket, 2000-2004 (Part II)

Last week, we showed that between 2000 and 2004, in a variety of areas of civil law, the Court tended to review more liberal decisions from the Appellate Court than conservative ones. Yesterday, we showed that things were at least somewhat more balanced during those years on the criminal side.  The Court reviewed more liberal … Continue Reading

Reversal Rates by Area of the Law, Criminal Docket, 2000-2004 (Part I)

Last week, we began taking a closer look at reversal rates before the Illinois Supreme Court, dividing the data by area of the law.  This week, we turn to the criminal docket. In Table 307 below, we report the percentage of the Court’s criminal, quasi-criminal, juvenile and disciplinary docket accounted for by various areas of … Continue Reading

Reversal Rates by Area of the Law for the Civil Docket, 2000-2004 (Part II)

Yesterday, we showed that between 2000 and 2004, the Illinois Supreme Court reviewed more liberal Appellate Court decisions than conservative ones in most areas of the civil law.  Today, we address the question left unanswered by that analysis: how does the Court’s reversal rate vary among areas of the law, depending on whether the Appellate … Continue Reading

Reversal Rates by Area of the Law for the Civil Docket, 2000-2004 (Part 1)

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been analyzing the Illinois Supreme Court’s civil and criminal dockets, looking at the performance of individual Districts of the Appellate Court.  Now, we’ll disaggregate the data divided into areas of the law and ask two questions: (1) Does the Court tend to take more liberal or conservative Appellate Court … Continue Reading

True Reversal Rates – How Rare is Reversal on the Merits (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we reviewed “true” reversal rates for each District of the Appellate Court in civil cases before the Illinois Supreme Court since 2007 – which we defined as the cases reversed by the Supreme Court divided by the total number of cases disposed of by the Court, both on the merits and in PLAs.  Today, … Continue Reading

True Reversal Rates – How Rare is Reversal on the Merits (Part 1)?

In the past several weeks, we’ve been looking at the Illinois Supreme Court’s reversal rates of the Districts of the Appellate Court, and at how the Districts have fared in the past nine years with the Court’s handling of petitions for leave to appeal. Today, we combine all that work into a new measure – … Continue Reading

Reversal Rates for the Appellate Courts in Criminal Cases, 2011-2015

Today, we conclude the first stage in our review of how the Districts and Divisions of the Appellate Court have fared at the Illinois Supreme Court with a look at the Appellate Court’s reversal rate in criminal cases between 2011 and 2015. In Table 277 below, we report the overall statewide reversal rate for criminal … Continue Reading

Reversal Rates for the Appellate Courts in Civil Cases, 2011-2015

Last week, we addressed the reversal rates for civil and criminal cases at the Illinois Supreme Court between 2006 and 2010.  Today, we turn to the final five years of our study period, 2011-2015. Statewide reversal rates in civil cases were in the same range between 2011 and 2015 that they were during the previous … Continue Reading

Reversal Rates for the Appellate Courts in Criminal Cases, 2006-2010

Yesterday, we reviewed the rate at which the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the Districts and Divisions of the Appellate Court in civil cases between 2006 and 2010.  Today, we turn to the criminal docket. The Court’s overall reversal rate in criminal cases increased somewhat in our study period.  Between 2000 and 2005, the reversal rate … Continue Reading

Reversal Rates for the Appellate Courts in Civil Cases, 2006-2010

Last week, we began our examination of the Illinois Supreme Court’s reversal rate for the various Districts and Divisions of the Appellate Court, contrasting the reversal rate in civil cases with the criminal docket.  Today, we take the second step in that analysis, addressing the years 2006-2010. In Table 268 below, we see the overall … Continue Reading

Reversal Rates for the Appellate Courts in Criminal Cases, 2000-2005

Yesterday, we began a comprehensive review of the data regarding reversal rates for the Appellate Courts at the Illinois Supreme Court with civil cases between 2000 and 2005.  Today, we turn to reversal rates in criminal cases. In Table 265, we report the statewide reversal rate in criminal cases. We saw yesterday that statewide reversal … Continue Reading

Reversal Rates for the Appellate Courts in Civil Cases, 2000-2005

Sooner or later, every discussion of Supreme Court statistics turns to the rates at which the appellate courts are reversed.  It’s been a frequent political football nationally, with politicians praising or condemning one Circuit or another based on the percentage of their cases reversed by the Supreme Court.  It’s a frequent subject of conventional wisdom … Continue Reading

Reversal Rates at the Illinois Supreme Court by Area of Law, 2010-2014 (Part II)

Today we return to our intensive look at reversal rates at the Illinois Supreme Court, disaggregated by the area of the law, for the period 2010-2014. During this final study period, the Court continued to reverse liberal tort decisions from the Appellate Court at a significantly higher rate than conservative ones in the fields of … Continue Reading

Reversal Rates at the Illinois Supreme Court By Area of Law, 2010-2014 (Part I)

For the last two weeks, we’ve been taking an intensive look at reversal rates before the Illinois Supreme Court, disaggregated by areas of law, for the past fifteen years. We turn finally to the 2010-2014 period – with the exception of Chief Justice Thomas Fitzgerald’s ten-month service in 2010, the tenure of the current seven … Continue Reading

Reversal Rates at the Illinois Supreme Court by Area of Law, 2005-2009 (Part II)

Yesterday, we began a close look at the reversal rates in the Illinois Supreme Court’s civil docket between 2005 and 2009. Now, we turn to the central question: what were the Court’s reversal rates in its most common areas of the law for liberal and conservative Appellate Court decisions? Despite the more equal distribution of … Continue Reading

Reversal Rates at the Illinois Supreme Court by Area of Law, 2005-2009 (Part I)

Last week, we began to take a close look at the reversal rates of the Illinois Supreme Court, disaggregated by area of the law, for the first five years of our study period. How did things change during the next five years, after the Court’s party balance had shifted from five Democrats and two Republicans … Continue Reading

Reversal Rates at the Illinois Supreme Court by Subject, 2000-2004 (Part II)

In our last post, we saw that tort law was the most common subject on the Court’s civil docket in the first five years of the twenty-first century, followed by civil procedure, constitutional law, insurance law, domestic relations, workers compensation and government and administrative law. We begin the next phase of our analysis by addressing … Continue Reading

Reversal Rates at the Illinois Supreme Court by Subject, 2000-2004 (Part I)

Last week, we addressed the reversal rate of the Appellate Court districts in civil cases at the Illinois Supreme Court. Today, we begin taking a closer look at the data.  Even viewed from the District-by-District level, Appellate Court reversal rates are a composite statistic, and therefore may be hiding important insights. Suppose, for example, that … Continue Reading

Average Votes to Affirm Appellate Court Civil Decisions

Yesterday, we addressed the reversal rates of the districts and divisions of the Appellate Court. Now we turn to a related issue. Reversal rates may conceal the true degree of disagreement on the Court with the decisions coming out of any particular District and division. Reversal is a binary variable: a 4-3 reversal affects a … Continue Reading
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