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Federal Judges Revealed$
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William Domnarski

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195374599

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374599.001.0001

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Judicial Opinions

Judicial Opinions

(p.179) Chapter Seven JUDICIAL OPINIONS
Federal Judges Revealed

William Domnarski

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the oral histories of judges regarding judicial opinions. The courts of appeal are charged with the task of reviewing the decisions of the lower district courts and use the judicial opinion as the exclusive tool of setting precedent, although only a small percentage of cases actually set precedent, with the rest having only marginal utility. A major issue that the courts of appeal struggle with is exactly which of their opinions they should publish. They also struggle with the issues of style and the process of composition. For district judges, there is the issue of how they feel when they get their decisions reversed by the circuit court of appeals.

Keywords:   federal judge, federal judiciary, courts of appeal, judicial opinions, publications

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