Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1980-1981

These tables are derived from information contained in 134 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions that were turned up in a Lexis search for decisions filed between September 1, 1980, and August 31, 1981.  The total of 134 decisions does not include rulings arising from (1) disciplinary proceedings against lawyers, and (2) various motions and petitions.

Also omitted is Furuseth v. Lowe, in which the court decided that review had been improvidently granted.

When individual cases were explicitly “consolidated” by the supreme court, but listed as separate entries by Lexis, I counted each set of the consolidated cases only once in the total of 134 decisions and in the following tables.  Thus, State v. J. Kramer includes State v. Mills, while State v. Machner includes State v. Flakes and State v. Higginbotham.

The tables are available as a complete set and by individual topic in 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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