A unanimous court, divided

By Katie Park, Annie Daniel and Robert Barnes, Published June 30, 2014

Two-thirds of the Supreme Court's decisions during the 2013-2014 term were unanimous, but not all were as unified as they might appear. Justices often agree on the outcome of the case but disagree on the reasoning used by the majority or believe the other justices went beyond what was needed to decide the case. In those cases, justices file concurring opinions to make their own views clear. Here is the level of agreement in 13 of the 48 unanimous opinions this term.

Percent of opinions decided unanimously, 1969-2013
Agreed with main opinion
Concurred with main opinion
Concurred with main opinion separately