Statistics


On this page, we keep ongoing statistics for the October 2019 term – dispositions by sitting, majority opinions authored by sitting, pace of grants, pace of decisions, the circuit scorecard and justice agreement. Our most recent Stat Pack, which includes these and other variables for the October 2019 term, can be found here (published July 10, 2020). Previous editions of the Stat Pack can be found in the Stat Pack archive. We regularly cross-post statistical analysis related to the court from Empirical SCOTUS.

Dispositions by sitting

Major cases in red. Decided cases shaded gray. Dismissed cases struck through.

 

Majority opinions authored by sitting

Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. May Total
Arguments 9 10 12 8 9 10 58
Roberts 1 2 1 1 2 7
Thomas 1 1 1 1 1 5
Ginsburg 1 2 1 1 1 6
Breyer 1 1 2 1 5
Alito 1 1 1 1 1 1 6
Sotomayor 1 1 1 1 1 5
Kagan 1 1 1 1 1 1 6
Gorsuch 2 1 1 1 1 1 7
Kavanaugh 1 1 1 1 2 6
Per Cur. 1 1 2
Opinions 7 10 12 8 9 9 55
Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. May Total

*Although nine cases were argued during the October sitting, only seven opinions were issued from that sitting: The court consolidated Harris with its decision in Bostock on June 15, 2020, and dismissed Malvo pursuant to Rule 46 on February 26, 2020. Although 10 cases were argued during the May sitting, only 9 merits opinions were issued from that sitting: The court issued a one-page per curiam opinion on July 6, 2020, reversing Baca in light of its decision in Chiafalo on the same date.

Pace of grants

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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

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Circuits

Total % Total Aff’d Rev’d % Aff’d % Rev’d
CA1 1 1% 0 1 0% 100%
CA2 8 12% 2 6 25% 75%
CA3 4 6% 2 2 50% 50%
CA4 4 6% 3 1 75% 25%
CA5 7 10% 1 6 14% 86%
CA6 3 4% 3 0 100% 0%
CA7 1 1% 0 1 0% 100%
CA8 1 1% 1 0 100% 0%
CA9 10 15% 1 9 10% 90%
CA10 4 4% 1 2 33% 67%
CA11 7 10% 3 4 43% 57%
CADC 3 4% 1 2 33% 67%
CAFC 4 6% 1 3 25% 75%
CAAF 0
State 11 16% 3 8 27% 73%
Dist. Court 0
Orig. 0
Total 67 100% 22 45 33% 67%

 

Voting relationships

Justice agreement in full, in part or in judgment

CT RBG SGB SAA SMS EK NMG BMK
JGR 72% 72% 75% 77% 70% 80% 85% 93%
CT 50% 53% 92% 45% 51% 80% 78%
RBG 93% 52% 88% 86% 63% 68%
SGB 55% 85% 90% 67% 71%
SAA 47% 56% 78% 80%
SMS 88% 65% 66%
EK 68% 72%
NMG 88%
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