Injustice On Appeal: The United States Courts of Appeals in Crisis by William M. RichmanInjustice On Appeal: The United States Courts of Appeals in Crisis by William M. Richman

Injustice On Appeal: The United States Courts of Appeals in Crisis

byWilliam M. Richman, William L. Reynolds

Hardcover | November 21, 2012

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The United States Circuit Courts of Appeals are among the most important governmental institutions in our society. However, because the Supreme Court can hear less than 150 cases per year, the Circuit Courts (with a combined caseload of over 60,000) are, for practical purposes, the courts oflast resort for all but a tiny fraction of federal court litigation. Thus, their significance, both for ultimate dispute resolution and for the formation and application of federal law, cannot be overstated.Yet, in the last forty years, a dramatic increase in caseload and a systemic resistance to an increased judgeship have led to a crisis. Signed published opinions form only a small percentage of dispositions; judges confer on fifty routine cases in an afternoon; and most litigants are denied oralargument completely.In Injustice on Appeal: The United States Courts of Appeals in Crisis, William M. Richman and William L. Reynolds chronicle the transformation of the United States Circuit Courts; consider the merits and dangers of continued truncating procedures; catalogue and respond to the array of speciousarguments against increasing the size of the judiciary; and consider several ways of reorganizing the circuit courts so that they can dispense traditional high quality appellate justice even as their caseloads and the number of appellate judgeships increase. The work serves as an analytical capstoneto the authors' thirty years of research on the issue and will constitute a powerful piece of advocacy for a more responsible and egalitarian approach to caseload glut facing the circuit courts.
William M. Richman is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Toledo College of Law. William L. Reynolds is the Jacob A. France Professor of Judicial Process at the University of Maryland School of Law. For nearly 30 years, Professors Reynolds and Richman have investigated and commented on the changing internal operati...
Title:Injustice On Appeal: The United States Courts of Appeals in CrisisFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:November 21, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195342070

ISBN - 13:9780195342079


Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction1. A Brief History of the Circuit Courts2. The Publication Plans3. The Premises of the Argument for Limited Publication4. The Counter-Arguments5. The Life and Death of the No-Citation Rules6. The Constitution and Unpublished Opinions7. Restricting Oral Argument8. Additional Decision Makers: Deciding By Bureaucracy9. The Cumulative Effect of the Appellate Triage Regime10. Commissions, Studies, Reports, and Proposals11. The Obvious Solution and the Judicial Opposition12. The Need for a Small Federal Judiciary: Reasons, Arguments, and Refutations13. Jurisdictional Retrenchment: Of Babies and Bath Water14. Elitism and DiversityConclusion