Published Online: 1 April 1977
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Professor of law and psychiatry, Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Mich.
It is an old story: the courts are behind in their work. What is wrong? A problem of management? This book opens with a passage from an address by Chief Justice Warren E. Burger of the United States Supreme Court delivered a few years ago at the annual meeting of the American Bar Association: “[T]oday, in the final third of this century, we are still trying to operate the courts with fundamentally the same basic methods, the same procedures and the same machinery that Roscoe Pound said were not good enough in 1906. In the supermarket age we are with few exceptions operating the courts with cracker-barrel, corner-grocer methods and equipment, vintage 1900. … More money and more judges alone is not the primary solution to the problem of the courts. Some of what is wrong is due to the failure to apply the techniques of modern business to the purely mechanical operation of the court—of modern record keeping and systems planning for handling the movement of the cases. Some is also due to antiquated and rigid procedures Which not only permit delay but encourage it.”
Paper ID: JFS10615J