Justice Mary Jane Theis

This time, we’re reviewing the areas of the criminal law where Justice Theis has written majority and dissenting opinions.

Justice Theis has written 54 majority opinions in criminal cases.  Thirteen involved constitutional law, and an even dozen involved criminal procedure.  Seven were in juvenile justice cases.  Five involved violent crimes.  Five were in habeas cases. 

This time, we’ve reached the home stretch in our review of Justice Theis’ tenure.  In this post, we’re reviewing the areas of law in which she’s written civil majority and civil dissents.  Next time, we’ll be looking at the criminal side of the ledger.  And once again – the data for 2021 is still partial,

As our review of Justice Theis’ tenure continues, this time we’re assessing the degree to which Justice Theis is in sync with the majority of the Court by measuring her dissent rate.  In Table 1847, we report the fraction of civil cases, year by year, in which Justice Theis joined the majority.

Justice Theis’ highest

This time, we’re reviewing Justice Theis’ voting record.  In civil cases, Justice Theis has cast 141 votes to affirm, 151 votes to reverse and 49 split votes to affirm in part and reverse in part.  Justice Theis’ biggest year for affirmances was 2015 with 20; her lightest full year was 2012 at 6.  2012 was

Since joining the Supreme Court in 2010, Justice Theis has written a total of 66 opinions – 51 majority opinions, three special concurrences and 12 dissents.  Her heaviest workload for majority opinions was in 2015, when she wrote seven.  Her heaviest year for civil dissents was 2019 with four (she wrote only five majority opinions

This week, we’re beginning our review of the tenure of Justice Mary Jane Theis.  Justice Theis took her seat on the Supreme Court on October 26, 2010, after being elevated from the Appellate Court for the First District.

Before we begin a reminder – “agreement” for purposes of calculating agreement rates is defined as complete

Yesterday, we showed that Justice Garman has voted with the minority in 6.84% of her civil cases since joining the Court, slightly below Chief Justice Burke’s percentage.  Justice Theis’ percentage is almost identical: she has voted with the minority in 6.83% of her civil cases since joining the Court in 2010.  There are no strong

Today, we’re taking a look at Justice Theis’ voting record since joining the Court in late October 2010.

In her just over ten years on the Court, Justice Theis has voted in 322 civil cases.  Like Justice Garman, the distribution of those cases reflects the diminishing of the Court’s docket.  She cast 177 votes in

This time, we’re reviewing the data for Justice Theis’ question patterns in criminal cases.

When Justice Theis agrees with the majority in an affirmance, she follows the expected pattern, averaging 3.22 questions to appellants and only 1.38 to appellees.  However, she breaks from the pattern in reversals, more heavily questioning the winner – 3.02 to

This week, we’re reviewing Justice Theis’ history in oral arguments in civil cases.  Having established that the party which gets more questions at argument overall is likely to lose, we’re trying to determine (1) whether each individual Justice follows that same pattern when she or he agrees with the majority; and (2) when he or