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"JUDGES LAZY AND WASTE TGO MUCH TIME,"
SAYS "FARMER" JURIST
Bismarck, N. D., Jan. 18. Courts
in general, and supreme courts in
particular, dillydally, delay, and
waste too much time.
That's why most supreme courts
are way behind with their work and
the people grow impatient waiting
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for cases they are concerned with to
get a hearing and be decided.
Supreme count judges .are lazy,
don't work hard enough or long
enough, take too many and too long
vacations, and keep putting off until
tomorrow or next year what they
should do today. v
This sweeping indictment is made
by Justice J. E. Robinson of the
North Dakota supreme court.
In it he Included practically every
state supreme court, and the highest
tribunal in the land the United
States supreme court.
"They waste an awful lot of good,
valuable time," the judge said "A w;
supreme court should be run on bus
iness lines. A judge should work as
hard and as long as a business man
does You don't see a business man
getting to work at about noon, quit- ,
ting at four or earlier, and taking
from one to four months' vacation
every summer not if his business
"But supreme court justices will
do these very things. In some su
preme courts there are caBes wait
ing for Healings and decisions, and
the cdurt won't get to them for
months, and often not for years.
"Thats costly to the people It
deters many from taking what they
think are unjust verdicts to the high
er courts They fear the trouble and
expense of delay.
""A supreme court ought to have
its 'decks cleared for action' at all
times That's what we fli the North
Dakota supreme court bench are go
ing, to do. Before spring we will be
in such position that we can hear an
appeal as quickly as the parties to it
' Justice Robinson is 82 years of
age, looks 62 and has the mental
strength of 42 For half a century (
he practiced law, and probably has '
tried more cases before a supreme
court than any other lawyer in the
northwest So it seems he ought b
be an authority on supreme courts. v ty) ,
He was elected by the Farmers'
Nonpartisan Political Nleague last fall
after one of the bitterest fights ever
made on a judicial candidate And
he led the ticket!
Just the other day Robjnson Issued
a statement telling the people what
their court had done that week. He
proposes to do this every wftek.