Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1955-56

These tables are derived from information contained in 226 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions that were turned up in a Nexis Uni search for decisions filed between September 1, 1955, and August 31, 1956.  The total of 226 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 the Bar (June 22, 1956), a per curiam decision regarding rules and by-laws for the State Bar, and Kuhl Motor Co. v. Ford Motor Co., a per curiam announcement vacating the original mandate in the case.  However, I am including Vogt, Inc. v. Int’l Bhd. of Teamsters, Local 695, which vacated the original mandate and supplied a new one by means of a majority opinion authored by Justice Gehl.

Dostal v. Magee (272 Wis. 519—April 3, 1956) is excluded because it was decided, in effect, with the same majority opinion as Dostal v. Magee (272 Wis. 509—April 3, 1956).  However, Dostal v. Magee (272 Wis. 509—April 3, 1956) and Dostal v. Magee (273 Wis. 228—June 5, 1956) were decided with different majority opinions, and thus both are counted. 

Miller v. Welworth Theatres of Wisconsin (272 Wis. 361—March 6, 1956) is excluded because it was decided, in effect, with the same majority opinion as Miller v. Welworth Theatres of Wisconsin (272 Wis. 355—March 6, 1956).  Likewise, Renn v. Chikowske (273 Wis. 158—June 5, 1956) is excluded because it was decided, in effect, with the same majority opinion as Slabosheske v. Chikowske (273 Wis. 144—June 5, 1956).

Greenfield v. Milwaukee (272 Wis. 388—March 6, 1956) and Greenfield v. Milwaukee (272 Wis. 610—April 3, 1956) were decided with different majority opinions, and thus both are counted.  For the same reason, both Wisconsin Employment Relations Board v. Journeymen Barbers, etc. (272 Wis. 84—February 7, 1956) and Wisconsin Employment Relations Board v. Journeymen Barbers, etc. (272 Wis. 94—February 7, 1956) are counted.

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.

alan.ball@marquette.edu

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