Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1954-55

These tables are derived from information contained in 241 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions that were turned up in a Nexis Uni search for decisions filed between September 1, 1954, and August 31, 1955.  The total of 241 decisions does not include rulings on disciplinary matters involving lawyers, as well as various orders pertaining to petitions, motions, applications, and the like (generally disposed of without oral argument and in short per curiam decisions).  However, if, on a motion for rehearing, the court issued a substantial decision vacating its original mandate, the original and the second decision are each counted—assuming that each was filed during the period under our consideration. 

When two cases were, in effect, consolidated—that is, when one was said to be ruled by the decision in the other—the pair of cases is counted as only one.  (Milprint, Inc. v. Bach Sales Co., for instance, was said to be ruled by the decision in Peterson Cutting Die Co. v. Bach Sales Co.)  There were only a handful of such pairs.

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

SCOWstats offers numerical analysis of the voting by Wisconsin Supreme Court justices on diverse issues over the past 73 years.

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