May 4, 2009

Byzantines, Word Processing and the Supreme Court of the United States

Filed under: 1 — ruleswatch @ 12:16 pm

In a passage of a post of today reviewing the departure of US Supreme Court Justice David Souter and knocking around idea for appointment reforms to that court, American law professor and blogger Jack Balkin, principal writer of the blog, Balkinization, [] took the opportunity to comment on the impact of technology and the Court’s output: The United States Supreme Court currently has almost complete control of its docket. It is required to hear very few cases by law. As a result, it hears relatively few each year, now approximately 70. The opinions have gotten longer and more byzantine, accompanied by multiple concurrences and dissents. That is hardly surprising, because most of the Justices no longer write their own opinions– they are written by bright young clerks fresh out of law school. Word processing software and the Internet have made it far easier to assemble lengthy and impressive looking essays. …


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