The Law: State of the Judiciary

Chief Justice Warren E. Burger makes no secret of his hope that Congress will eventually invite him and his successors to deliver an annual "State of the Judiciary" address—a report that would, in effect, be a corollary to the President's State of the Union message. At the American Bar Association convention in St. Louis last week, Burger gave 2,500 delegates a sample of what he has in mind: a nationally televised address that proved to be a 27-minute diagnosis of what he thinks ails the nation's federal court system.

"In the supermarket age," said the Chief Justice, "we are like a merchant...

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