Law: Speedier Justice

Second Circuit shows the way

Sue or be sued has become the American way of life, as court calendars stretch out like Depression breadlines. Months, even years, can pass before a suit is heard, much less appealed or resolved. So the achievement of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is rare and laudable. While the backlog of cases piled up in the ten other U.S. Appeals Courts has risen since 1974 from 3,757 to 8,243, for the fifth year in a row the Second Circuit will have disposed of all cases that were ready for a hearing.

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