Courts of Appeals in the Federal Judicial System
A Study of the Second, Fifth, and District of Columbia Circuits
J. Woodford Howard Jr.
Courts of Appeals were designed to be a unifying force in American law and politics, but they also contribute to decentralization and regionalization of federal law. Woodford Howard studies three aspects of this problem: first, what binds the highly decentralized federal courts into a judicial system; second, what controls the discretion of judges in making law and policy; and third, how can quality judicial decisions be maintained under heavy-volume pressure.
Originally published in 1981.
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