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Statistics

On August 2, 2011, the SCOG Blog released its complete Stat Pack, chronicling decisions by the Court in civil cases since September 2009.  The statistics include:

  • An analysis of which Justices have written majority opinions in the 120 civil cases decided.
  • A breakdown of the votes in civil cases (unanimous, 6-1, 5-2, etc.).
  • The frequency of each Justice in the majority for civil cases.
  • The success (or lack thereof) of Court of Appeals judges in having their opinions either affirmed or reversed.

For comparison purposes, Stat Packs are also available for individual court years (defined as September through July of each year):

Other interesting historical statistics about the Court include:

Rates of Certiorari Grants (Civil and Criminal Combined)

For cases docketed in the 2009 court year (September 2009 – August 2010), the Court received 519 petitions for certiorari, and, through the end of that year (August 31, 2010) granted 33 petitions, for a grant rate of 6.36%.

For cases docketed in the 2010 court year (September 2010 – August 2011), as of August 2, 2011, the Court has received 444 petitions for certiorari and has granted 49 petitions, for a grant rate of 11%.

(Statistics created by SCOG Blog using the Court’s online docketing inquiries.)

Detailed Case Handling Statistics from 2009

The Supreme Court has released its statistics for 2009 in a PDF summary on its website (combining criminal and civil cases):

There were 1,979 cases filed with the Georgia Supreme Court Court in 2009, of which the Court’s seven justices:

  • Issued 325 written opinions
  • Granted 8 affirmations without opinion
  • Struck 1 case from its docket
  • Allowed 21 cases to be withdrawn
  • Transferred 93 cases to the Court of Appeals
  • Dismissed 125 appeals

The Court must address a significant criminal caseload beyond just its appellate jurisdiction, with 393 habeas corpus petitions filed in 2009.

The Court also handles attorney admissions and discipline, with 132 disciplinary cases in 2009 and three cases related to bar admissions.

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