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The Supreme Court did not file any new decisions this week, and thus there are no changes in the standings.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1970-71

These tables are derived from information contained in 296 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions that were turned up in a Nexis Uni search for decisions filed between September 1, 1970, and August 31, 1971.  The total of 296 decisions does not include rulings arising from (1) disciplinary matters involving lawyers, and (2) various short orders pertaining to petitions, motions, applications and the like (generally disposed of with per curiam decisions).

The total of 296 cases includes State v. Smith, 50 Wis. 2d 460, which appears to be a 4-3 decision in which one of the three dissenting justices (“one other member”) is not identified. Just as unusual, the majority opinion is credited to Justice Wilkie, who is also one of the three justices who dissented in part.

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
Average Time Between Oral Argument and Opinions Authored by Each Justice

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