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date: 25 June 2022

Collegial Courts: Panel Decision Making and the U.S. Courts of Appealslocked

Collegial Courts: Panel Decision Making and the U.S. Courts of Appealslocked

  • Pamela C. CorleyPamela C. CorleyDepartment of Political Science, Southern Methodist University
  •  and Wendy L. MartinekWendy L. MartinekDepartment of Political Science, Binghamton University, State University of New York

Summary

The three-judge panel mechanism by which the courts of appeals process almost all (though not quite all) of their cases affords scholars unique opportunities to explore how appellate court decision making may transcend being merely the sum of its parts. Specifically, court of appeals judges pursue their decision-making responsibilities as part of a collegial group, and thus it is important to understand how being a member of a multimember court influences their behavior.

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  • Politics, Law, Judiciary

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