Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1997-1998

These tables are derived from information contained in 72 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions filed between September 1, 1997, and August 31, 1998.  The total of 72 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 and rulings by the Board of Bar Examiners.

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 72 decisions noted above, three other cases figure in some of the following tables.  One of these is a deadlocked (3-3) per curiam decision (Moulas v. PBC Productions) that appears only in the “Number of Oral Arguments Presented” table—which is also the only table to include State v. Castillo, in which the Court decided that the petition for review had been improvidently granted.

Finally, in State v. Chrysler Outboard Corporation only Justices Crooks, Wilcox, and Steinmetz supported all portions of the “majority” opinion, while the other four justices dissented with regard to one portion or another.  Consequently, I will include the 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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