Texas Courts, With Little Fanfare, Becoming More Efficient

The Texas Courts of Appeals are following the lead of the Supreme Court of Texas by working to decrease their case backlog and become more efficient.  Earlier this year, the Supreme Court announced that, for the first time in modern history, it had cleared its docket and had no pending cases at the end of its term.  Now comes news that the state’s intermediate appellate courts have also reduced their backlog of cases

The number of pending cases in the fourteen Courts of Appeals is at its lowest level in a quarter century.  Says David Slayton of the Office of Court Administration: "the courts have been making a pretty concerted effort to reduce their caseloads and become more timely in their resolution of cases.  I think it's just an exciting time for the appellate courts. They have been focusing hard on this."

It may be an old cliché, but it’s true: justice delayed is justice denied.  The more quickly and efficiently that the judges can resolve pending cases – taking the necessary time to get it right, of course – the better off everyone is, especially the litigants.  Kudos to our state’s judiciary for working hard to make this happen.  

Posted: 11/2/2015 12:22:47 PM by TCLE Editor | with 0 comments

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