We determined last time that there was relatively little connection between the rate of dissent at the Appellate Court and the likelihood of division at the Supreme Court in civil cases.  This time, we’re looking at criminal cases for the same years: 1990 through 2004.

The connection between dissent at the Appellate Court and Supreme

This time, we’re looking at the data for average votes to affirm in cases not affirmed unanimously.

In 2010, Division Four averaged 5.5 votes to affirm in cases not unanimously affirmed.  The Second District averaged 2.5 votes and the Fourth averaged 2.33.  In 2011, the Third District averaged 3.5 votes and the Fourth averaged three. 

Last time, we reviewed the percentage of the time the Supreme Court affirmed civil decisions from each District unanimously.  This time we’re looking at average votes to affirm in non-unanimous decisions.

In 1990, Division Four of the First District averaged three votes to affirm.  In 1991, Division Five averaged three votes.  In 1992, Division Four

This time, we’re beginning a multi-week inquiry: (1) what percentage of the time does the Supreme Court affirm each District and Division of the Appellate Court unanimously; and (2) among non-unanimous decisions, what’s the average votes to affirm for each court?

In Table 1729, we report the percentage of unanimous affirmances for each District and

This time, we’re concluding our three-week trip through the data for originating jurisdictions, looking at the Court’s criminal cases between 2010 and 2020.

For these years, Cook County accounted for 156 criminal cases.  Will County was next, followed by Peoria, Du Page, Kane and Lake counties.

Several small counties made our second Table, producing between

This week, we’re wrapping up our three-week series on the geographical origins of the Court’s docket by reviewing the data for the years 2010 through 2020.

Between 2010 and 2020, the Court decided 150 civil cases which began in Cook County (once again, Cook is removed from the Table for readability).  There was a three-way