Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1978-1979

These tables are derived from information contained in 245 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions that were turned up in a Lexis search for decisions filed between September 1, 1978, and August 31, 1979.  The total of 245 decisions does not include rulings arising from various motions and petitions.

I am omitting the following cases that did not include briefing or oral argument at the supreme court level and that resulted in per curiam decisions labeled “UNPUBLISHED LIMITED PRECEDENT OPINION”: General Casualty Co. v. Hopfensperger; Tews Lime & Cement Co. v. Department of Industry, Labor & Human Relations; State ex rel. Hacker v. Wolke; Lund v. State; Yoss v. State; and Ingram v. State

Also omitted is State ex rel. Steiger v. Circuit Court for Dane County, where the court concluded in a brief per curiam decision that it would be inappropriate to reach the constitutional issue presented in the case.

Nor do the tables include State v. Barrett and State ex rel. Cholka v. Johnson, Sheriff of Jackson County, where the justices ruled, per curiam, on a question of whether certain types of decisions from the court of appeals are appropriate for supreme-court review.

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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