Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 2003-2004

These tables are derived from information contained in 83 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions filed between September 1, 2003, and August 31, 2004.  The total of 83 decisions does not include the following items contained in the Supreme Court’s listing of opinions and dispositional orders for this period: (1) decisions arising from lawyer-regulation matters; and (2) orders arising from petitions for review.

In addition to the 83 decisions noted above, six deadlocked (3-3) per curiam decisions were filed: State v. Thornton; Lynch v. Carriage Ridge, LLC; St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co. v. Keltgen; Hoyme v. Brakken; GPS, Inc. v. Town of St. Germain; Dairyland Greyhound Park v. Doyle.  These are included only in the “Number of Oral Arguments Presented” table.

The year under consideration also witnessed an unusual outcome in DeWitt Ross & Stevens, S.C. v. Galaxy Gaming & Racing, Ltd. P’ship.  Here, neither Justice Wilcox nor Justice Prosser participated; Justice Abrahamson dissented on one issue, while Justices Crooks and Sykes dissented on a different issue.  As a result, only two justices (Bradley and Roggensack) endorsed the “majority” opinion on all issues, and three did not.  I will include this case only in the “Opinions Authored” table, the “Days Between Oral Argument and Opinion Filing” table, and the “Number of Oral Arguments Presented” table.  All of the decisions may be found on the Wisconsin Court System website.  http://wicourts.gov/

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 


About Alan Ball

Alan Ball is a Professor of History at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.


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