Effort mounting to create federal appellate circuit

By SoAzNewsX

In Governor Doug Ducey’s State of the State address this year, he highlighted an ongoing challenge Arizonans face seeking a fair day in court: the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The overburdened Ninth Circuit hears an average of 12,000 cases per year — 30% more than the next most active circuit. And their average turnaround time to hear a case is over a full year. It’s time for a new circuit court for Arizona and other western states, said Ducey.

Proposed new appellate court hearing cities

Senator Jeff Flake introduced a bill in Congress to act on the priority. Flake and Ducey authored an op-ed in The Arizona Republic detailing their case. A few of the key concern include the Average turnaround time for a case: 15 months; the Average caseload: 12,000 cases; the Percentage of rulings overturned: 77%; and, only 1/3 of court meets to set precedent.

Read the op-ed for the full proposed solution on creating the 12th “Mountain Circuit” court: http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/2017/02/21/our-turn-why-arizona-need-move-out-9th-circuit/97863740/







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