Courts: Computerized Docket

To get a personal-injury suit to jury trial in the nation's clogged state courts now takes an average of 20 months. The rising crush of auto-accident cases causes big-city litigants to face delays ranging from 21 years in Boston to more than five years in Chicago. Uncounted civil cases are now decided long after the witnesses and even the principals have died. All of which leads many a citizen to settle out of court for less than his due—or give up entirely. Thus court congestion is unquestionably subverting U.S. justice.

If the speedup record of the Los Angeles County...

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