Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1996-1997

These tables are derived from information contained in 83 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions filed between September 1, 1996, and August 31, 1997.  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 disciplinary proceedings against judges and lawyers; and (2) orders pertaining to motions for reconsideration.

Two additional cases—deadlocked (3-3) per curiam decisions (DeRuyter v. Wisconsin Electric Power Co. and State v. Wisconsin Central Transportation Corp.)—figure only in the “Number of Oral Arguments Presented” table.

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.  All of the decisions may be found on the Wisconsin Court System website. http://wicourts.gov

The tables are available as a compete 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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