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

Robert K. Christensen () and John Szmer ()

IEL Working Papers from Institute of Public Policy and Public Choice - POLIS

Abstract: 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.

Keywords: judicial efficiency; Courts of Appeals; litigation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: K41 K19 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2011-05
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