Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1938-39

These tables are derived from information contained in 337 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions that were turned up in a Nexis Uni search for decisions filed between September 1, 1938, and August 31, 1939.  The total of 337 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 1938-39.  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—as happened with State v. Sinclair Refining Co. and Campbell’s Dollar Stores v. Levitan, the cases are counted as only one.

The total of 337 cases includes Ehrlich v. Frank Holton & Company in which, on a motion for rehearing, the court vacated and set aside its previous (June 21, 1938) mandate.

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

About Alan Ball

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


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