Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1956-57

These tables are derived from information contained in 249 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions that were turned up in a Nexis Uni search for decisions filed between September 1, 1956, and August 31, 1957.  The total of 249 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). 

The following cases were also excluded: Wagner v. Industrial Commission and Nechodomu v. Lindstrom, in which the justices denied motions for rehearing but modified original mandates; De Byle v. Roberts, in which the original mandate was clarified; and In re Integration of the Bar, a per curiam decision regarding rules and by-laws for the State Bar.

State ex rel. Witte v. Board of Election Commissioners and State ex rel. McIntyre v. Board of Election Commissioners were, in effect, consolidated and resolved with a single decision, as was also the case with Wisconsin Power & Light Co. v. Berlin Laundry Company and Wisconsin Power & Light Co. v. Berlin Tanning & Manufacturing Company.  Each pair of cases is counted only once in the following tables.

Eight justices appear in a number of the tables, because Justice Edward Fairchild retired in January 1957 and was replaced by his son, Thomas Fairchild.

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

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

alan.ball@marquette.edu

SCOWstats offers numerical analysis of the voting by Wisconsin Supreme Court justices on diverse issues over the past 65 years.

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