Last week, we began our analysis of the Justices’ dissents in civil and criminal cases, looking at the years 2000 through 2007. Today, we turn to the dissents in civil cases between 2008 and 2015.
We begin in Table 130 below with the number of dissents written each year by each Justice. In 2008, Justices Kennard and Moreno led, each writing three dissents in civil cases. Justices Werdegar and Baxter wrote two apiece, and Justices Corrigan and Chin wrote one each. In 2009, Justice Kennard led with three civil dissents. Justice Moreno wrote two and Justices Werdegar and Baxter wrote one each. In 2010, Justice Werdegar led the Court, writing three dissents in civil cases. Justices Baxter and Moreno wrote two apiece, and Justices Corrigan and Kennard wrote one each. In 2011, Justices Kennard and Chin led, writing two dissents apiece in criminal cases. Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye and Justice Baxter wrote one each. Pro Tem Justices Klein and Grimes wrote one dissent apiece as well. In 2012, Justice Kennard led the Court, writing four dissents in civil cases. Justice Liu wrote two, and Justices Corrigan, Werdegar and Chin wrote one apiece. In 2013, Justice Kennard led the Court, writing three civil dissents. Justices Corrigan and Baxter wrote two apiece, and Justices Chin and Liu wrote one each. In 2014, Justice Werdegar led the Court, writing three civil dissents. Justices Chin, Baxter and Liu wrote one dissent apiece, and Pro Tem Justice Rubin wrote one dissent. In 2015, Justices Corrigan and Chin led, writing two dissents apiece. Justice Liu wrote one dissent.
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In 2008, Justice Baxter’s dissents averaged 20 pages. Justice Moreno averaged 17.33 pages. Justice Kennard averaged 10.33 pages. Justices Corrigan (8 pages), Chin (6 pages) and Werdegar (3 pages) wrote the shortest dissents. In 2009, Justices Moreno (15.5 pages) and Baxter (14 pages) averaged the longest dissents. Justices Werdegar’s dissents averaged six pages, and Justice Kennard averaged 5.67 pages. In 2010, Justice Moreno averaged the longest dissents at 27 pages. Justice Baxter averaged 14 pages, and Justice Werdegar 10.67. Justices Kennard and Corrigan wrote the shortest dissents (6 pages and 4 pages, respectively). In 2011, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye and Justice Grimes wrote single 27 page dissents. Justice Chin averaged 20.5 pages. Justice Klein averaged 15 pages, Justice Baxter 10 pages, and Justice Kennard 6 pages. In 2012, Justice Werdegar wrote the longest dissents at 19 pages. Justice Corrigan averaged 12 pages and Justice Liu 11.5 pages. The shortest dissents were by Justices Kennard (6.25 pages) and Chin (5 pages). For 2013, Justice Chin averaged 29 pages. Justice Baxter averaged 14.5 pages, Justice Corrigan 14 pages, Justice Kennard 7.33 pages and Justice Liu 5 pages. For 2014, Justice Baxter led the Court, averaging 19 pages. Justices Chin and Rubin were next at 15 and 14 pages, respectively. Justice Liu averaged 12 pages and Justice Werdegar averaged 11.67 pages. Finally, in 2015, Justice Chin averaged 21.5 pages in his civil dissents. Justice Liu averaged 8 pages and Justice Corrigan averaged 4.5 pages.
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Join us back here tomorrow as we review the Justices’ dissents in criminal cases between 2008 and 2015.