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

University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2018/011

8 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2018 Last revised: 6 Mar 2018

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Satyam Mukherjee

Indian Institute of Management Udaipur; Purdue University - Research Center for Open Digital Innovation (RCODI)

Ryan Whalen

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: January 24, 2018

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Mukherjee, Satyam and Whalen, Ryan, Priority Queuing on the Docket: Universality of Judicial Dispute Resolution Timing (January 24, 2018). 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, University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2018/011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3108474

Satyam Mukherjee

Indian Institute of Management Udaipur ( email )

Balicha
Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
India

Purdue University - Research Center for Open Digital Innovation (RCODI) ( email )

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Ryan Whalen (Contact Author)

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Singapore, 259776
Singapore

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