Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 2023-24

These tables are derived from information contained in 14 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions filed between September 1, 2023, and the end of the court’s term in the summer of 2024.  The total of 14 decisions omits orders pertaining to various motions, petitions, and disciplinary matters involving lawyers and judges. 

Also excluded are: (1) Memorandum Decisions and Orders from Justice Protasiewicz in Rebecca Clarke v. Wisconsin Elections Commission and Stephen Joseph Wright v. Wisconsin Elections Commission, along with other orders in these two cases filed on October 6, 2023; (2) State v. Donte Quintell McBride and State v. Morris V. Seaton, deadlocked (3-3) per curiam decisions; and (3) Amazon Logistics, Inc. v. LIRC and Winnebago County v. D.E.W., both dismissed as improvidently granted.

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

 

 

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