THE LAW: Battling the Backlog

In British courts, lawsuits, civil and criminal, come to trial within six months. In the U.S., which professes as much respect as Britain for the principle that "justice delayed is justice denied," it takes more than four years, in some Federal District Courts, to get a case to trial. Last week Deputy Attorney General William P. Rogers warned that, if the backlog of cases is not drastically reduced, the Department of Justice "will be prepared to try cases throughout the summer months to take care of what we believe is an emergency situation in our courts."

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