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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 2019 term, can be found here (published July 10, 2020). 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         2
Thomas 1 1   1   1 1 5
Breyer 2     1   1   4
Alito 2           1 3
Sotomayor 1 1 1   1   1 5
Kagan 1 1 1       1 4
Gorsuch 1 1   1 1     4
Kavanaugh 1 1 1 1       4
Barrett 0 1 1   1     3
Per Cur.     2         2
 
Opinions 10 6 7 4 3 2 4 36
  Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. Total

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

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

  Total % Total Aff’d Rev’d % Aff’d % Rev’d
1st Cir. 1 1% 0 1 0% 100%
2d Cir. 3 4% 1 1    
3d Cir. 6 8% 1 2    
4th Cir. 3 4%   1    
5th Cir. 10 14% 3 3    
6th Cir. 5 7% 0 5 0% 100%
7th Cir. 1 1% 0 1 0% 100%
8th Cir. 3 4% 1 2 33% 67%
9th Cir. 16 21%   9    
10th Cir. 3 4%   2    
11th Cir. 4 6%   2    
D.C. Cir. 6 8%   3    
Fed. Cir. 3 4%   1    
Amd. Fcs.* 1 1% 0 1 0% 100%
State 4 6% 2      
Dist. Ct. 1 1% 0 1 0% 100%
Orig. 2 3% 2 0 100% 0%
Total 72 100% 10 35 22% 78%

*U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

Justice Agreement

  JGR CT SGB SAA SMS EK NMG BMK ACB*
JGR   77% 77% 83% 72% 79% 81% 91% 81%
CT 77%   67% 88% 63% 70% 91% 81% 94%
SGB 77% 67%   64% 95% 98% 77% 77% 71%
SAA 83% 88% 64%   62% 67% 88% 88% 93%
SMS 72% 63% 95% 62%   93% 72% 72% 65%
EK 79% 70% 98% 67% 93%   79% 79% 74%
NMG 81% 91% 77% 88% 72% 79%   91% 97%
BMK 91% 81% 77% 88% 72% 79% 91%   94%
ACB* 81% 94% 71% 93% 65% 74% 97% 94%  

Percentage of decided cases with full merits opinions in which any two justices agree with each other in the outcome

*Justice Barrett’s statistics are based on 12 fewer cases than those between other justices. She was recused from 10 of those cases because they were argued before she joined the bench, and 2 because they were decided without argument just after.