The Supreme Court Compendium provides historical and statistical information on the Supreme Court: its institutional development; caseload; decision trends; the background, nomination, and voting behavior of its justices; its relationship with public, governmental, and other judicial bodies; and its impact. With over 180 tables and figures, this new edition is intended to capture the full retrospective picture through the 2013-2014 term of the Roberts Court and the momentous decisions handed down within the last four years, including United States v. Windsor, National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, and Shelby County v. Holder.
Chapter 3: The Supreme Court’s Opinion, Decision, and Outcome Trends
This chapter provides longitudinal data on several aspects of the Court’s opinions, decisions, and outcomes. The information contained in these tables deals primarily with the output of the Court as a whole, not with that of particular justices. Readers interested in the voting behavior of the Court’s members should refer to Chapter 6.
Tables 3-1 through 3-6 provide the number and proportion of cases that were decided unanimously, with dissenting opinions and votes, with concurring opinions and votes, and by closely divided votes. These data show that unanimity remained high throughout the nineteenth century, notwithstanding the small number of cases decided in many terms. Not until the 1940s does substantial ...