Washington Law Review


In the past several years there has been much discussion among the bench and bar of the state of Washington concerning ways and means for relieving the Supreme Court to some extent, at least, from the ever- increaslng volume of judicial business, in order that the court may devote more time to important causes. Investigation reveals that the volume of opinion-writing required of each judge of the Supreme Court of this state greatly exceeds that imposed upon most of the appellate court judges in the United States. The individual judges of the Supreme Court of this state are each required to write, on the average, seventy-five or more opinions a year, which, counting out the holidays and days spent on the bench, means that but a short time is available for the study of the record in each case and the preparation of an opinion, especially since much time is also consumed by each judge in the study of approximately six hundred opinions prepared in the aggregate by the other eight judges during the same year. In view of these conditions, it is the purpose of this discussion, solely by way of exposition and not by way of advocacy, to present some possible methods of approaching a solution of the problem.

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