Washington Law Review


The purpose of this paper is to discuss what might be termed the mechanics of reporting, that is, the machinery whereby the decisions of our Supreme Court are made available to bench and bar in the form of weekly Advance Sheets and bound volumes. And I would not venture to inflict upon this convention such a dry and technical subject if it were not that, as will presently appear, the matter is of considerably more than academic interest to all of us. I realize that the average practitioner regards the reports somewhat in the same light as the housewife regards the morning milk-an article which is important, if not essential, but to which no attention is paid unless the milkman is late or the milk, for some reason, has gone sour. This attitude is well expressed by Mr. Rosbrook, Deputy New York Supreme Court Reporter, in his treatise upon "The Art of Judicial Reporting," which appeared in the Cornell Law Quarterly for February, 1925. Said he: "The profession, generally, knows very little about the actual work done by reporters, and it is only when errors are found in the reports that the existence of the reporter is recalled." An address delivered at the Washington State Bar Association Convention, September 16, 1943.

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