The Prospect of Open Deliberations on the Wisconsin Supreme Court
Chad M. Oldfather
Marquette University - Law School
October 1, 2011
Judicature, Vol. 95, No. 2, 2011
Marquette Law School Legal Studies Paper No. 11-23
In the wake of recent episodes of dysfunction on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson proposed a number of reforms for her colleagues’ consideration. The most notable among these was a call for the court to open its deliberations to the public. Although this proposal was rejected by the other justices, it raised interesting questions about why judicial deliberations in American appellate courts are uniformly closed affairs, and what the effects of open deliberations might be. This short piece offers a few preliminary thoughts.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 3
Keywords: Wisconsin Supreme Court, judicial reform, judiciary, Abrahamson, deliberationAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: November 2, 2011
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