Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1936-37

These tables are derived from information contained in 322 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions that were turned up in a Nexis Uni search for decisions filed between September 1, 1936, and August 31, 1937.  The total of 322 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 1936-37.

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) Marwalt Realty Co. v. Greene (224 Wis. 1, 224 Wis. 7, 224 Wis. 8, 224 Wis. 9, 224 Wis. 10, and 224 Wis. 11); (2) Gardner Baking Co. v. Public Service Commission and Colvin Baking Co. v. Public Service Commission; (3) Anderson v. Seelow and Neyers v. Seelow; (4) In re Le Feber’s Will and In re Will of Akin; (5) State ex rel. Attorney General v. Fasekas and State ex rel. Attorney General v. Noyes; (6) Swanson  v. Schultz and Hale v. Schultz; (7) Canzoneri v. Heckert and Canale v. Heckert.

In Estate of George v. United States Fidelity & Guaranty Company the court filed its original decision on December 8, 1936.  After a motion for rehearing was granted, the court ruled on June 21, 1937, that its December 8 decision was in error and replaced its previous mandate with a new ruling.  Both decisions are included in our tables.

In McCaffrey v. Minneapolis S. P. & S. S. M. R. Co. the court filed its original decision on June 2, 1936.  Then, on September 15, 1936, following motions by the appellants, the court modified its June 2, 1936, mandate.  The September decision is included in these tables, and the June decision will be included in tables for 1935-36.

In Newbern v. State the court filed its original decision on April 2, 1935.  Then, on September 15, 1936, following a motion for rehearing, the court replaced its original mandate with a new one.  The September decision is included in these tables, and the April decision will be included in tables for 1934-35.

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

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