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Last time, we took a close look at the workers compensation cases the Court has decided since 1991.  Now let’s turn our attention to the criminal docket – specifically, the Court’s decisions involving the elements of violent crimes.  The Court’s cases have been almost equally distributed by winner below – 49.47% of the Court’s cases were won by the prosecution below.  Of course, the reversal rates differ radically – the Court has reversed only 27.66%…
Last time, we began our review of the Court’s workers compensation cases on the civil side, and cases involving the elements of violent crimes on the criminal side.  In the next two posts, we’re taking a closer look at those two areas of law.  Since 1991, the Court has heard slightly more employer wins from the Court of Appeal – 54.29% of the total – than employee wins.  The Court has reversed 52.63% of the…
Yesterday, we looked at the Court’s history with workers compensation cases.  Today, we’re in the criminal docket, reviewing the Court’s history with cases involving the elements of violent crimes.  The Court has decided ninety-three such cases between 1991 and 2017. The Court decided one such case in 1991, three in 1992, one in 1993, four in 1994, one in 1995, four in 1996 and three in 1997. The Court decided two cases in 1998, three…
For the past two weeks, we’ve been taking a close look at the Court’s domestic relations and juvenile justice cases.  This week and next, we’re turning our attention to two new areas of law: workers compensation on the civil side, and on the criminal docket, cases involving the elements of violent crimes.  Between 1991 and 2017, the Court has decided thirty-five workers compensation cases. The Court decided two workers compensation cases in 1991, two in…
Yesterday, we reviewed in detail the Court’s domestic relations decisions since 1991.  Today, we’re on the criminal law side of the docket, looking at the Court’s juvenile justice decisions. Overall, 56.94% of the Court’s juvenile justice decisions were won by the State below.  The reversal rate was almost identical, regardless of who won below – 48.78% for State wins at the Court of Appeal, 48.39% for juvenile wins. The Court affirmed three State wins in…
Last week, we reviewed the yearly numbers for the Court’s domestic relations cases on the civil side and juvenile justice decisions from the criminal docket.  Today and tomorrow, we’re taking a closer look at those numbers. In all, the Court has decided forty-two cases arising from domestic relations disputes.  We code as “conservative” decisions cases where the party disputing such issues as property settlements, support and/or custody prevailed.  “Liberal” decisions are cases where the party…
Yesterday, we began our review of the Court’s domestic relations cases on the civil side of the docket.  Today, we’re beginning our analysis of the seventy-seven decisions the Court handed down between 1991 and 2017 which principally involved juvenile justice issues. The Court had no juvenile cases in 1991, but two in 1992, three in 1993, seven in 1994, one in 1995 and four in 1996 and 1997. The Court decided two juvenile cases in…
For the past two weeks, we’ve been reviewing the Court’s history with insurance law cases on the civil side, and habeas corpus decisions on the criminal side.  This week and next, we’re looking at two new issues – on the civil docket, the Court’s history with domestic relations cases, and in the criminal docket, cases principally involving juvenile justice issues.  We begin with the forty-two domestic relations cases the Court has decided from 1991 to…
Last time, we took a detailed look at how insurers and policyholders have fared at the Supreme Court since 1991.  Today, we’re in the criminal docket, looking at the Court’s habeas corpus decisions. Because a substantial portion of the Court’s total habeas corpus caseload is death penalty cases which come straight to the Supreme Court without an intervening Court of Appeal decision, we combine our usual four tables into one below.  “CC” is prosecution wins…
Last week, we took an initial look at the Court’s docket of insurance law decisions on the civil and habeas corpus cases on the criminal side. This week, we’re taking a closer look, asking the same questions we’ve applied in recent weeks to each area of law: (1) did the Court accept significantly more cases won by one side or the other below for review? (2) did the Court tend to reverse the wins of…