How long did it take the COA to issue opinions in 2016?

In 2016, the Court of Appeals issued 1,367 written opinions.  Of those written opinions:
·      548 were civil;
·      610 were criminal;
·      181 were Juvenile – 3.1; and
·      18 were Juvenile – Criminal.
The Court issued opinions an average of 88 days after the case was argued.  That is 11 days slower than the average amount of time it took the COA to issue opinions in 2015.  The median amount of time also increased: in 2016 it was 71 days while in 2015 it was 62 days.  That is a 9-day increase. The fastest opinion was issued 8 days after argument while the slowest opinion was issued 518 days after argument.

The average number of days it took the COA to issue opinions in 2016 for each category of case breaks down as follows:


Published
Unpublished
All Opinions
Juvenile-Criminal
49
110
107
Juvenile-3.1
26
29
29
Criminal
113
75
86
Civil
121
103
112
All Areas of Law
111
77
88


The below table shows how many days faster or slower the COA was in 2016 compared to 2015 by category of case.


Published
Unpublished
All Opinions
Juvenile-Criminal
-12
+11
+18
Juvenile-3.1
-13
0
-2
Criminal
+22
+11
+15
Civil
+16
+7
+12
All Areas of Law
+18
+8
+11


As you can see, the COA generally slowed down in 2016.  Thus, if the legislature succeeds in its effort to reduce the number of judges at the COA, it could take even longer for the COA to issue opinions.