The Prospect of Open Deliberations on the Wisconsin Supreme Court

Judicature, Vol. 95, No. 2, 2011

Marquette Law School Legal Studies Paper No. 11-23

3 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2011

Date Written: October 1, 2011

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Wisconsin Supreme Court, judicial reform, judiciary, Abrahamson, deliberation

Suggested Citation

Oldfather, Chad M., The Prospect of Open Deliberations on the Wisconsin Supreme Court (October 1, 2011). Judicature, Vol. 95, No. 2, 2011; Marquette Law School Legal Studies Paper No. 11-23. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1952572

Chad M. Oldfather (Contact Author)

Marquette University - Law School ( email )

Eckstein Hall
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201
United States
414.288.8031 (Phone)

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