Since taking his seat, Justice Michael Burke has written nine majority opinions in cases involving criminal, quasi-criminal, juvenile justice and mental health issues.  One majority involved habeas corpus law.  Two (both from 2021) involved criminal procedure.  Justice Burke has written six majority opinions in constitutional law – two in 2020 and four in 2021.


In these final two posts, we’re reviewing the areas of law in which Justice Michael Burke’s majority and dissenting opinions have fallen.  In 2020, Justice Burke wrote one majority opinion each in insurance law, civil procedure and tort law.  In 2021, he wrote one majority in insurance law and three involving civil procedure issues.


As our review of Justice Michael Burke’s tenure continues, this time we’re looking at Justice Burke’s alignment with his colleagues – how often has Justice Burke voted with the majority in civil and criminal cases?  A reminder – partial agreement doesn’t count.  If a Justice votes to affirm in part and reverse in part and

In this post, we review the voting record of Justice Michael Burke – first in civil cases, then on the criminal docket.

On the civil side, Justice Burke has voted to affirm 27 decisions – 11 in 2020 and 16 in 2021.  He has cast five split votes, one in 2020 and four in 2021. 

Justice Michael Burke has written a total of nine opinions in civil cases – seven majority opinions, one special concurrence and one dissent.

Justice Michael Burke has written fifteen opinions in criminal cases – nine majority opinions, two special concurrences and four dissents.

Join us back here next time as we continue our analysis of

From taking his seat in 2020 through the end of 2021, Justice Michael Burke participated in 52 civil cases – nineteen in 2020 and 33 in 2021.

Justice Michael Burke sat on a total of 43 criminal cases from 2020 through the end of 2021.  Sixteen cases were in 2020 and 27 were in 2021.

This time, we’re beginning our review of the voting record of Justice Michael Burke, who took his seat on March 1, 2020, replacing the retired Justice Robert R. Thomas.  Previously, Justice Burke had served for twelve years as a Justice of the Second District Appellate Court.

During 2020, Justice Michael Burke voted in 19 civil