Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1999-2000

These tables are derived from information contained in 83 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions filed between September 1, 1999, and August 31, 2000.[1] The total of 83 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 disciplinary proceedings against judges and lawyers; and (2) decisions on motions for reconsideration and petitions for review.

In addition to the 83 decisions noted above, five deadlocked (3-3) per curiam decisions were filed: State v. Thomas; State v. Strong; Douglas-Hanson Co. v. BF Goodrich Co.; Guzman v. St. Francis Hosp., Inc.; and State v. Longcore. These are included only in the “Number of Oral Arguments Presented” table.

The year under consideration also witnessed an unusual outcome in Vincent v. Voight. Here, only Justices Crooks and Wilcox supported, or at least concurred with, the “majority” decision, while the other five justices dissented with regard to one portion or another of this opinion. Consequently, I will include the 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

[1] The Supreme Court’s listing of opinions and dispositional orders includes separate entries for two cases (State v. Orta and State v. Ruiz) that were decided by the same opinion—cited below as State v.Orta.

About Alan Ball

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

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