Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1958-59

These tables are derived from information contained in 251 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions that were turned up in a Nexis Uni search for decisions filed between September 1, 1958, and August 31, 1959.  The total of 251 decisions does not include various orders pertaining to petitions, motions, applications, and the like (generally disposed of without oral argument and in short per curiam decisions).

Also excluded are In re Integration of Bar, which yielded a per curiam order pertaining to the functioning of the State Bar, and two deadlocked per curiam decisions: McFarlane v. Industrial Commission and Marquard v. Condenser Service & Engineering Company.  In Helen v. Bodenhagen the court issued a decision (November 5, 1958) and later (April 10, 1959) modified it slightly in a per curiam decision.  Only the November 5 decision is counted in the following tables.

Eight justices appear in several of the following tables, because Justice Dieterich replaced Justice Wingert on January 5, 1959.

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

About Alan Ball

Alan Ball is a Professor of History at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.

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