2010 Year in Review: Texas Supreme Court

01/01/2011

Reprinted by permission of the Texas Bar Journal.

Recovering from the backlogs that recently weighed down its docket, the Texas Supreme Court issued decisions in 2010 at its fastest pace in years. Currently, after the court grants a petition for review in an argued cause, it hears oral argument and issues a decision within about 13 months, on average. That is five months faster than the court issued decisions just two years ago.

The Court improved its average speed in part by targeting its oldest causes, which the court discusses at additional conferences scheduled by Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson. As of December, the Court had decided all of the causes that remained pending three years after oral argument, and all but two of the causes that remained pending two years after argument.

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