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On this page, we keep ongoing statistics for the October 2020 term – dispositions by sitting, majority opinions authored by sitting, pace of grants, pace of decisions and the circuit scorecard. Our most recent Stat Pack, which includes these and other variables for the October 2020 term, can be found here (published July 2, 2021). Previous editions of the Stat Pack can be found in the Stat Pack archive.

Arguments by Sitting

Decided cases in gray shading. Major cases in red text. Dismissed cases struck through.

*Terry is counted in the April sitting even though it was later removed from the April calendar and rescheduled for argument directly after the sitting, on May 4, 2021.

Majority Opinions Authored by Sitting

  Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. Total
Arguments 10 8 10 5 6 6 13 58
 
Roberts 1 1 1 0 1 1 2 7
Thomas 1 1 1 1 0 1 2 7
Breyer 2 1 0 1 0 1 1 6
Alito 2 0 1 1 1 0 1 6
Sotomayor 1 1 1 0 1 0 2 6
Kagan 1 1 1 0 1 0 2 6
Gorsuch 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 6
Kavanaugh 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 6
Barrett 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 4
Per Cur. 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
 
Opinions 10 8 9 5 6 6 12 56*
  Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. Total

The statistics in this chart do not include cases decided without oral argument.

*The total for December does not include Henry Schein, which was argued but then dismissed as improvidently granted. The total for April does not include Gary, which was consolidated with Greer upon decision even though it was argued separately.

Pace of Grants

The Minimum Distribution Pace presented in this chart reflects the number of petitions that must be granted to fill the court’s docket for oral argument while giving the litigants in each case a complete or near-complete briefing schedule. The pace also reflects the number of petitions raised at each conference and other factors affecting the certiorari process.

*The jump in OT20 grants in the April #1 wave signifies the court’s decision on April 13, 2020, to reschedule 10 cases from OT19 to OT20 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pace of Decisions

Circuit Scorecard

Court Below Total % Total Aff’d Rev’d % Aff’d % Rev’d
1st Cir. 1 1% 0 1 0% 100%
2nd Cir. 3 4% 1 2 33% 67%
3rd Cir. 6 9% 2 4 33% 67%
4th Cir. 3 4% 0 3 0% 100%
5th Cir. 7 10% 2 5 29% 71%
6th Cir. 5 7% 0 5 0% 100%
7th Cir. 1 1% 0 1 0% 100%
8th Cir. 4 6% 1 3 25% 75%
9th Cir. 16 23% 1 15 6% 94%
10th Cir. 3 4% 0 3 0% 100%
11th Cir. 5 7% 2 3 40% 60%
D.C. Cir. 4 6% 0 4 0% 100%
Fed. Cir. 3 4% 0 3 0% 100%
Armed Forces 1 1% 0 1 0% 100%
State Court 4 6% 3 1 75% 25%
Dist. Court 1 1% 0 1 0% 100%
Original 2 3% 2 0 100% 0%
Total 69 100% 14 55 20% 80%

Justice Agreement

  Thomas Breyer Alito Sotomayor Kagan Gorsuch Kavanaugh Barrett
Roberts 75% 73% 83% 66% 72% 81% 94% 84%
Thomas 63% 82% 55% 57% 88% 78% 85%
Breyer 59% 93% 93% 66% 73% 64%
Alito 53% 58% 88% 86% 87%
Sotomayor 88% 53% 66% 58%
Kagan 70% 72% 69%
Gorsuch 87% 91%
Kavanaugh 91%

Percentage of decided cases with full merits opinions in which any two justices agree with each other in the outcome (whether to affirm or reverse the decision below)