Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1939-40

These tables are derived from information contained in 303 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions that were turned up in a Nexis Uni search for decisions filed between September 1, 1939, and August 31, 1940.  The total of 303 decisions does not include various orders pertaining to petitions, motions, and the like.  In particular, cases are not included if they were decided during the previous term but appeared in the search results because motions for reconsideration were not rejected until 1939-40.  Also excluded are lawyer disciplinary rulings.   

When two or more cases were, in effect, consolidated—one was simply said to be ruled by the decision in the other—the cases are counted as only one: (1) Eckhardt v. Judevine (233 Wis. 168) and Eckhardt v. Judevine (233 Wis. 171); (2) In re Hatten’s Estate (233 Wis. 256) and In re Hatten’s Estate (233 Wis. 269); (3) Western Condensing Co. v. Industrial Com. and Wausau Service Oil Co. v. Industrial Com.; (4) J. C. Penney Co. v. Tax Comm.; F. W. Woolworth Co. v. Tax Comm.; and Minnesota Mining & Mfg. Co. v. Tax Comm.             

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

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