This time, we’re reviewing the Chief Justice’s opinions.

Since joining the Court, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye has written 49 majority opinions in civil cases.  She has written seven concurring opinions and only four dissents.  Only once has she written more than one civil dissent in a given year – two in 2019.  The same is true of concurrences – two in 2020.  Her heaviest year for civil majorities was 2018, when she wrote eight.  She wrote seven in 2015 and 2019, and a low of two in 2014.

The Chief Justice has written 81 majority opinions in criminal cases, five concurring opinions and nine dissents.  Her heaviest year for criminal dissents was 2015 with three.  She has written two criminal concurrences so far in 2021, her highest year to date.  Her heaviest years for majority opinions in criminal cases were 2012 (12) and 2013 (10).  She wrote only four per year in 2017 and 2018.

Join us back here on Thursday morning as we continue our review of the Chief Justice’s tenure.

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