Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1953-54

These tables are derived from information contained in 235 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions that were turned up in a Nexis Uni search for decisions filed between September 1, 1953, and August 31, 1954.  The total of 235 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 is State ex rel. Sommer v. Stauff, a per curiam decision in which the court made permanent a previously-temporary writ of prohibition.

When two (or more) cases were, in effect, consolidated—one was simply said to be ruled by the decision in the other—the pair of cases is counted as only one.  (Both Continental Ins. Co. v. Badger Paint & Hardware Stores, Inc. and Firemen’s Ins. Co. v. Badger Paint & Hardware Stores, Inc., for instance, were said to be ruled by the decision in Commerce Ins. Co. v. Badger Paint & Hardware Stores, Inc.)          

Eight justices appear in a number of the tables, because Justice Oscar Fritz retired on January 1, 1954, and was replaced by Roland Steinle three days later.

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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