Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1979-1980

These tables are derived from information contained in 196 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions that were turned up in a Lexis search for decisions filed between September 1, 1979, and August 31, 1980.  The total of 196 decisions does not include rulings arising from (1) disciplinary proceedings against lawyers and judges, and (2) various motions and petitions.

When two or more cases were “consolidated” by the supreme court in a single decision, but listed as separate entries by Lexis, I counted each set of the consolidated cases only once in the total of 196 decisions and in the following tables.  There were three cases titled Milwaukee Police Association v. Milwaukee (77-115, 77-116, and 77-117) that yielded three separate decisions and are treated as three distinct cases here.

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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