Texas Watch, a bi-partisan advocacy group working to improve consumer and insurance laws for Texas families, has issued a new report about the increasing backlog of cases at the Texas Supreme Court. The report, entitled Snail’s Pace: An Analysis of the Texas Supreme Court’s Growing Backlog, made the following findings:
- The Court took an average of 852 days (2.3 years) to dispose of a case in the 2006-2007 term, an increase of 24% from the 2004-2005 term.
- Justices took an average 416 days to write an opinion after the Court has heard oral arguments. This represents a 31% increase from 04-05 to 06-07.
- Justices Wainwright and Johnson have fallen behind their colleagues’ output by routinely taking longer to write fewer opinions.
- The Court’s backlog has steadily increased from 14 in fiscal year 2000 to 60 in FY2007, an increase of 328%.
- The Court has left 72 cases pending for more than a year. An additional 31 cases have been pending for more than 2 years.
Dallas news station WFAA ran their own story based on the report.
Thanks to Todd Smith for his link to the WFAA story.
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