Priority Queuing on the Docket: Universality of Judicial Dispute Resolution Timing
Mukherjee, S., & Whalen, R. (2018). Priority Queuing on the Docket: Universality of Judicial Dispute Resolution Timing. Frontiers in Physics, 6. doi:10.3389/fphy.2018.00001
8 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2018 Last revised: 6 Mar 2018
Date Written: January 24, 2018
This paper analyzes court priority queuing behavior by examining the time lapse between when a case enters a court's docket and when it is ultimately disposed of. Using data from the Supreme courts of the United States, Massachusetts, and Canada we show that each court's docket features a slow decay with a decreasing tail. This demonstrates that, in each of the courts examined, the vast majority of cases are resolved relatively quickly, while there remains a small number of outlier cases that take an extremely long time to resolve. We discuss the implications for this on legal systems, the study of the law, and future research.
Keywords: judicial priority queuing, legal complex systems, empirical legal studies, judicial behavior, law as a natural phenomenon
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