The 2020-21 Term: Some More Impressions

In this third post assessing the justices’ activities during the now-completed 2020-21 term, we’ll take a look at four topics that attracted attention last year: (1) fractured decisions; (2) frequency of separate opinions; (3) length of decisions; and (4) the number of days between oral argument and decision filing.[Continue Reading…]

Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 2020-21

These tables are derived from information contained in 51 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions filed between September 1, 2020, and the end of the court’s term in the summer of 2021.  The total of 51 decisions omits orders pertaining to various motions, petitions, and disciplinary matters involving lawyers and judges. 

Also excluded are (1) Portage County v. E. R. R., which yielded a deadlocked (3-3) per curiam decision, (2) Fond du Lac County v. S.N.W., which was dismissed as improvidently granted, and (3) Original Action petitions which were denied. 

Two cases, both titled Clean Wisconsin, Inc. v. DNR, resulted in separate decisions, each of which is counted here.

Three cases (Sara Lindsey James v. Janel Heinrich; WCRIS v. Janel Heinrich; and St. Ambrose Academy, Inc. v. Joseph T. Parisi) were consolidated and resolved with a single decision—hence they are counted as one case.

The tables are available as a complete set and by individual topic according to the subsets listed below.

Four-to-Three Decisions
Decisions Arranged by Vote Split
Frequency of Justices in the Majority
Distribution of Opinion Authorship
Frequency of Agreement Between Pairs of Justices
Average Time Between Oral Argument and Opinions Authored by Each Justice
Number of Oral Arguments Presented by Individual Firms and Agencies

 

 

The Supreme Court’s 2020-21 Term: Some Initial Impressions

Now that the justices have issued their final substantive decision of the 2020-21 term, the way is clear for a statistical assessment of their work over the past 12 months.  Today’s post, the first in a series, focuses on the number of decisions … [Continue reading]

Law Firm Fantasy League

No decisions were filed this week (apart from a disciplinary ruling)--hence, no change in the standings. … [Continue reading]

A Noteworthy Article

Let me recommend a provocative article by Skylar Croy (a former law clerk and executive assistant to then-Chief Justice Patience Roggensack): “The Demise of the Law-Developing Function: A Case Study of the Wisconsin Supreme Court,” published in … [Continue reading]

Law Firm Fantasy League

This week’s pair of decisions—both titled Clean Wisconsin, Inc. v. DNR—benefited three teams.  The Affirmed collected 10 points from Axley Brynelson for a brief, oral argument, and favorable outcome in Clean Wisconsin (2018AP000059), leaving them … [Continue reading]

Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1956-57

These tables are derived from information contained in 249 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions that were turned up in a Nexis Uni search for decisions filed between September 1, 1956, and August 31, 1957.  The total of 249 decisions does not include … [Continue reading]

Law Firm Fantasy League

This week’s decisions moved the Affirmed into sole possession of second place, thanks to eight points from Axley Brynelson for a brief and favorable outcome in St. Augustine School v. Carolyn Stanford Taylor.  However, the Writs nearly kept pace, … [Continue reading]

Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1957-58

These tables are derived from information contained in 258 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions that were turned up in a Nexis Uni search for decisions filed between September 1, 1957, and August 31, 1958.  The total of 258 decisions does not include … [Continue reading]

Law Firm Fantasy League

This week's pair of decisions brought no points to fantasy league teams--hence, no change in the standings. … [Continue reading]