JUDICIARY: Capitulation

One of the arguments Franklin Roosevelt stressed in his plan to reorganize the U. S. judiciary last winter was that U. S. Federal courts were far behind schedule, unable to keep up with overcrowded dockets. Last week, Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes made public a report adopted by the annual Judicial Conference of Senior Court Judges, held in Washington last fortnight. Major points:

¶ In 1937, only 17 courts failed to keep abreast of their dockets, against 34 the year before.

¶ "The present method of assigning judges to meet temporary emergencies...

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