How to boost the time judges spend on the bench

09/21/2010 | National Law Journal (free registration), The

America's judges spend only about 175 hours a year presiding over trials, suggesting that something is seriously wrong with the judicial system, says Judge William Young of the District of Massachusetts. "If we spend 10% or less of our time doing what it is the public thinks we do, our system is dysfunctional," Young says. To encourage judges to spend more time judging, Young recommends publishing district-by-district logs of the time judges spend on the bench and allowing judges to fill gaps in their schedules by taking overflow from other districts.

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