Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 2001-2002

These tables are derived from information contained in 86 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions filed between September 1, 2001, and August 31, 2002.  The total of 86 decisions does not include the following items contained in the Supreme Court’s listing of opinions and dispositional orders for this period: (1) decisions arising from lawyer-regulation matters; and (2) orders arising from petitions for review, motions for reconsideration, and motions to vacate a decision.

In addition to the 86 decisions noted above, two deadlocked (3-3) per curiam decisions were filed: Servais v. Kraft Foods and S.J.A.J. v. First Things First.  These are included only in the “Number of Oral Arguments Presented” table.

The year under consideration also witnessed an unusual outcome in Putnam v. Time Warner Cable of Southeastern Wisconsin.  Here, only Justices Bradley and Prosser supported the “majority” decision in its entirety.  Three justices (Crooks, Sykes, and Wilcox) dissented with regard to one part of the decision, and two justices (Abrahamson and Bablitch) directed their dissent at another portion of the decision.  Consequently, I will include this case only in the “Days Between Oral Argument and Opinion Filing” table and the “Number of Oral Arguments Presented” table.  All of the decisions may be found on the Wisconsin Court System website.  http://wicourts.gov/

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

 

About Alan Ball

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

alan.ball@marquette.edu

SCOWstats offers numerical analysis of the voting by Wisconsin Supreme Court justices on diverse issues over the past 44 years.

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