Under the common law system of jurisprudence, the decided cases are the primary tools and source material with which the Bench and Bar work in solving the problems of the public. The tremendous bulk of that source material in America and the great size of the annual accretions to it have caused serious concern to lawyers and judges in this country for many years. Particularly during the past twenty years many writers and several committees of various bar associations have published comments and reports on the subject. The suggested solutions vary but all agree that the problem is a very real one and that unles some solution be found, our legal system—like a man suffering from a lung disease—may drown in its own secretion. Being aware of the problem and of the fact that it besets this state, as well as all of the United States, your President and Board of Governors have appointed this Committee to study the matter and make recommendations.
State Bar Journal,
Report of Committee on Reducing the Volume of Published Opinions,
24 Wash. L. Rev. & St. B.J.
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