This time, we’re reviewing the Districts which produced the Supreme Court’s tort caseload, and the Court’s reversal rate, District by District.

The Supreme Court decided 67 tort cases from the First District between 1990 and 1999.  The Court decided 26 cases from the Second District, 9 from the Third, 21 from the Fourth District and

For the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a deep dive on the Supreme Court’s tort cases.  To begin, we’ll consider whether there is any relationship between the party which won at the Appellate Court and the result at the Supreme Court for the years 1990 through 1999.

The reversal rate for tort cases at

This time, we’re reviewing the Court’s docket data on the criminal (quasi-criminal, juvenile justice and mental health) side of the docket, calculating the percentage of cases year-by-year that arose from final judgments.  Although it’s a minimal issue for this period since the death penalty was abolished in Illinois in 2011, we separate out the death

This time, we’re reviewing the data on final judgments in criminal cases for the years 2000 through 2009.  First, we calculate the percentage of non-death criminal cases that arose from final judgments of conviction.  Then, we add the share of the overall docket accounted for by death penalty appeals before the state of Illinois finally

This time, we’re reviewing the share of appeals accounted for by final judgments in the 1990s.  As a reminder, we’re defining “criminal” broadly to include quasi-criminal cases such as habeas corpus, as well as juvenile justice cases.  Until 2011 when Illinois abolished the death penalty, we also include direct appeals to the Supreme Court from