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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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  • Christensen, Robert K. & Szmer, John, 2011. "Examining the Efficiency of the U.S. Courts of Appeals: Pathologies and Prescriptions," IEL Working Papers 4, Institute of Public Policy and Public Choice - POLIS.
  • Handle: RePEc:uca:ucaiel:4
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    judicial efficiency; Courts of Appeals; litigation;

    JEL classification:

    • K41 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Litigation Process
    • K19 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law - - - Other

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