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Apr 11, 2013


Chuck Hill

After seven months as a law clerk at the Second Court of Appeals, I know enough to agree that this bill is a misguided attempt to solve the perceived problem. Tightening deadlines and toying with due process will only further frustrate the process of analyzing issues on appeal and drafting comprehensive opinions. This bill merely treats the symptoms, not the cause, and the implication is that court staff are to blame for the delays. Nothing could be further from the truth. Speaking only from my experience at the Second Court, there is no shortage of diligent work being applied to our cases. Indeed, the staff here takes great pride in getting it right and everyone respects the fact that parties are awaiting the court's opinion in every case.

As for more viable solutions, you suggested more staff and, while that sounds like a simple solution, it might just fill the bill in this case. Given the nature of legal research and writing as primarily a solo endeavor, more people should equal more production. This of course begs the question, who will pay for them? That is a question for the legislature.

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