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

William M. Richman and William L. Reynolds


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 of last 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 incre ... More

Keywords: Supreme Court, Circuit Courts, federal law, appellate judgeships, judges, dispute resolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195342079
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342079.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William M. Richman, author
University of Toledo, School of Law

William L. Reynolds, author
University of Maryland School of Law