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Examining the Efficiency of the U.S. Courts of Appeals: Pathologies and Prescriptions

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  • Christensen, Robert K.

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  • Szmer, John

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    Until recently (e.g., Lindquist 2007), few studies have examined the factors that might affect aspects of judicial efficiency, including the time it takes a court to decide a case. In our analysis of a sample o f U.S. Courts of Appeals decisions from 1971-1996, we examine a variety of potential causes of inefficiency, or pathologies, before suggesting a series of prescriptions. 1 Both authors equally contributed to this manuscript. The authors would like to thank Reese Manceaux for his assistance in merging a variety of seemingly incompatible databases, as well as Nicole Arnold for her assistance in collecting data.

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    Paper provided by Institute of Public Policy and Public Choice - POLIS in its series IEL Working Papers with number 4.

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    Length: 30 pages
    Date of creation: May 2011
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    Handle: RePEc:uca:ucaiel:4

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    Keywords: judicial efficiency; Courts of Appeals; litigation;

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