Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1984-1985

These tables are derived from information contained in 83 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions that were turned up in a Lexis search for decisions filed between September 1, 1984, and August 31, 1985.  The total of 83 decisions does not include rulings arising from (1) disciplinary proceedings against lawyers and judges, and (2) various motions and petitions.

In addition to the 83 cases mentioned above, there was also a 4-3 per curiam decision (State v. Gustafson).  It is included only in the opinion authorship table (because Justice Abrahamson wrote a dissent) and in the oral argument table.

The tables are available as a complete set and by individual topic according to 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
Number of Oral Arguments Presented by Individual Firms and Agencies


The 2016-17 Term: Some More Impressions

Last August, a SCOWstats post examined three aspects of the just-completed 2015-16 term: (1) the number of concurrences and dissents per decision, (2) the number of days between oral argument and decision filing, and (3) the number of pages per decision.  In all three instances the post reported a sizeable increase over the numbers from 2014-15, and today we return to these topics to determine how 2016-17 measures up against 2015-16.[Continue Reading…]

Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 2016-2017

These tables are derived from information contained in 50 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions filed between September 1, 2016, and the end of the court’s term in July, 2017.[1]  The total of 50 decisions does not include the following items contained … [Continue reading]

Fantasy League Salutes its Stars

Now that the raucous merriment has subsided following last weekend’s Second Annual Awards Banquet, it’s time to post the season’s final reckoning—and summarize the evening’s highlights for those unable to attend the gala.  For the second year in a … [Continue reading]

Fantasy League Update–and Conclusion

With the release of the Supreme Court’s last substantive decisions of the term, we’ve reached the final reckoning of the 2016-17 fantasy-league season.  The Affirmed picked up 10 points from this concluding batch of rulings—5 points from Kasdorf … [Continue reading]

The Supreme Court’s 2016-17 Term: Some Initial Impressions

On July 7, the Supreme Court filed its final three substantive decisions of the term, thereby allowing us to move from speculation to more precise observations about the justices’ activities in areas that we have been tracking. … [Continue reading]

Fantasy League Update

This week’s supreme court filings brought joy to neither the league-leading Gavels nor the cellar-dwelling Citations, but the other three teams all scored.  Near the top of the standings, the Affirmed cut into the Gavels’ substantial lead with 5 … [Continue reading]

Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1985-1986

These tables are derived from information contained in 71 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions that were turned up in a Lexis search for decisions filed between September 1, 1985, and August 31, 1986.  The total of 71 decisions does not include rulings … [Continue reading]

Fantasy League Update

During the past week, the court filed half a dozen decisions that brought points to four of the league’s five contenders—and with the Commissioner's Office staffers now back from their team-building retreat, we can update the standings.  Only the … [Continue reading]

Fantasy League Update

With 12 points from State v. Zimbal (brief, oral argument, successful outcome, as well as an amicus brief and oral argument), the Gavels of the Public Defender’s Office extended their lead over the second-place Affirmed. current standings … [Continue reading]