LegalReader.com  ·  Legal News, Analysis, & Commentary

News & Politics

For 9th Circuit: Lots of Scrutiny and 9-0 Reversals by High Court


— June 30, 2005

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals fared worse in the latest Supreme Court session than it has in the past five years.

The circuit’s reversal rate was 84 percent, the highest since the 1999-00 term.

Of the 19 9th Circuit cases that went to Washington, D.C., 16 were overturned, including two more Monday to end the term. In 10 of the 16 reversals, the vote was 9-0.

But court watchers say those statistics only tell part of the story.

“It’s not fair to look at reversal rates,” said Thomas Goldstein of Goldstein & Howe, a Supreme Court boutique in Washington, D.C. “The numbers are misleading. The 9th would look like any other circuit, except for a small number of underlying cases.”

Details here from The Recorder via Law.com.


The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals fared worse in the latest Supreme Court session than it has in the past five years.

The circuit’s reversal rate was 84 percent, the highest since the 1999-00 term.

Of the 19 9th Circuit cases that went to Washington, D.C., 16 were overturned, including two more Monday to end the term. In 10 of the 16 reversals, the vote was 9-0.

But court watchers say those statistics only tell part of the story.

“It’s not fair to look at reversal rates,” said Thomas Goldstein of Goldstein & Howe, a Supreme Court boutique in Washington, D.C. “The numbers are misleading. The 9th would look like any other circuit, except for a small number of underlying cases.”

Details here from The Recorder via Law.com.

Join the conversation!