Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1998-1999

These tables are derived from information contained in 79 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions filed between September 1, 1998, and August 31, 1999.  The total of 79 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 disciplinary proceedings against judges and lawyers; and (2) orders pertaining to motions for reconsideration, rulings by the Board of Bar Examiners, and a joint stipulation for dismissal and vacatur in Mason Shoe Manufacturing Company v. Firstar Bank Eau Claire.

Occasionally, the Court’s listing of opinions and dispositional orders contains separate entries for individual cases that were ultimately consolidated and resolved by a single decision.  If two or more cases were combined in this manner, the decision is counted only once for the purposes of the following tables. 

In addition to the 79 decisions noted above, three deadlocked (3-3) per curiam decisions were filed: State v. Deborah J.Z.; Eneman v. Richter; and State ex rel. Luedtke v. Bertrand.  These are included only in the “Number of Oral Arguments Presented” table—which is also the only table to include State v. Moucha, a two-paragraph per curiam opinion announcing that the Court had decided—after examining the briefs and hearing oral argument—that the petition for review had been improvidently granted.  State v. Watson (a 3-3 per curiam decision) does not even figure in the “Number of Oral Arguments Presented” table, because its filing date is listed as May 2, 1997 (despite the fact that it is included in the list of opinions and dispositional orders filed between September 1, 1998, and August 31, 1999).  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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