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Friday, December 31, 2021

2021 Chief Justice Year-End Report

This ball still drops, even during a pandemic.

This year's theme is the Judicial Conference (which marks its centennial in the coming year) and the importance of the judiciary's "institutional independence," as the "power to manage its internal affairs insulates courts from inappropriate political influence and is crucial to preserving public trust in its work as a separate and co-equal branch of government." The opening historical ditty is about Taft and the origins and development of the Conference. Roberts then analyzes three topics flagged by Congress and the press as requiring the Conference's attention: Recusal obligations (in light of the recent WSJ report), judicial misconduct (implementing the Working Group's recommendations), and venue in patent cases.

I have an article coming in early 2022 in Stetson Law Review on the history of the Year-End Reports and how the chiefs have used them to address and push for changes in civil procedure and civil litigation.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on December 31, 2021 at 06:23 PM in Civil Procedure, Howard Wasserman, Law and Politics | Permalink


i personally find this very charming. but no need to be surprised cos history always repeats itself.

Posted by: doctor Sesethu | Jan 2, 2022 4:32:35 AM

I think the kids call this subtweet.

Sort of Roberts unofficial answer to the Presidential Supreme Court Commission.

I do find these reports somewhat charming, especially given my particular interest in history. Roberts appears to share that with his old boss, William Rehnquist, without having as much of a desire to write books.

Posted by: Joe | Jan 1, 2022 9:53:27 AM

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