Washington Law Review


The delays inherent in appellate review long have been a source of discomfort to the profession. As a result, resourceful counsel have developed all manner of practices over the years to reduce appellate delay. Among these has been the utilization of the extraordinary writ as a means of interlocutory appellate review. That such is not the normal function of the extraordinary writ either historically or logically is beyond dispute. Nevertheless, further resort to writ practice is inevitable and imminent. As the backlog in the state supreme court increases each term, the problem of delay becomes more acute, and lawyers are faced with mounting pressures to obtain reasonably speedy appellate review.

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