Monday, June 30, 2008

Statistical Analysis of U.S. and Canadian Supreme Courts

SCOTUSblog, an American blog that specializes in analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court, has produced a statistical package, or End-of-Term Super StatPack that includes "all of our stats, figures, charts, lists, and observations about the just-concluded Term".

For the sake of comparison, last week, the Osgoode Hall Law School blog The Court published an analysis of the Supreme Court of Canada's recent activity entitled The Supreme Court in Statistics:
"In his annual review of the Supreme Court, excerpts of which were featured in both the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail, Dean Patrick Monahan pointed to the existence of a number of interesting trends in the character, content and volume of the jurisprudence of Canada’s top court. Among other things, Dean Monahan presented the Supreme Court’s 58 judgments in 2007 — the lowest total since 1975 — as evidence of the existence of a five judge bloc (composed of Chief Justice McLachlin, the now retired Justice Bastarache, and Deschamps, Charon, and Rothstein JJ.) notable for their pragmatic, cost-conscious approach to judicial decisionmaking."

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 12:10 pm


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