The Supreme Court’s most recent completed term ran from September 1, 2022 to August 31, 2023. The court doesn’t have an official term, unlike the U.S. Supreme Court, but September 1 to August 31 is a logical unofficial term because the court doesn’t hear oral arguments in July or August and, due to the 90-day rule, opinions in cases argued before the summer hiatus normally file by the end of August.
We usually don’t go in for stats very much when writing about the court, but we’ll quantify the 2022-2023 term a bit. It will be a two-part analysis. Today, we’re looking at numbers for categories other than those relating to the court’s opinions. And, speaking of unofficial, that’s what the numbers are. They were gathered by reviewing blog posts about the court’s conferences during the term.
There were 46 straight grants, 27 in civil cases and 19 in criminal cases. Included in the criminal category are habeas corpus and Sexually Violent Predators Act cases. Also, we counted as straight grants an un-hold and agreements by the court to answer questions of California law referred by the Ninth Circuit.
The court granted-and-held 177 criminal cases and 32 civil cases.
The court depublished 15 Court of Appeal opinions, 11 in civil cases and 4 in criminal cases.
Justices recorded votes dissenting from denials of petitions for review or for habeas corpus 33 times. There were 11 dissenting votes in civil cases and 22 dissenting votes in criminal cases. In four cases (one civil and three criminal), two justices recorded votes.
- Justice Joshua Groban recorded 13 votes (five in civil cases; eight in criminal cases).
- Justice Goodwin Liu recorded 10 votes (three in civil cases; seven in criminal cases).
- Justice Kelli Evans recorded five votes (all in criminal cases). Justice Evans didn’t join the court until four months into the term.
- Justice Carol Corrigan recorded two votes (both in criminal cases).
- Justice Leondra Kruger recorded one vote (in a civil case).
- Justice Martin Jenkins recorded one vote (in a civil case).
- Then-Justice (now Chief Justice) Patricia Guerrero recorded one vote (in a civil case).
- Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, who retired four months into the term, didn’t record any votes.
Occasionally, a justice will publish a separate statement when the court denies review. There were six of those statements during the term, two in one case.
- Justice Groban wrote three concurring statements, all in criminal cases. Justices Corrigan, Liu, and Evans signed one; Justices Liu and Jenkins signed another; and Justice Liu signed a third.
- Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye wrote a concurring statement, signed by Justices Corrigan and Groban, in a civil case.
- Justice Liu wrote a dissenting statement that Justice Evans signed in a criminal case.
- Justice Evans wrote a concurring statement in a criminal case that Justice Liu signed.