A recent opinion piece by Howard Bashman, "Adding Judicial Efficiency to the Appellate Conversation," published June 11 in The Legal, citing no statistics, claims that the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania is inefficient and does not work hard. The author claims that "sizeable delays" are "plaguing" the court's work; allocaturs and appeals proceed "at ... a glacial pace" and suffer "chronic backlogs"; allocaturs "are routinely taking over a year to be decided"; the court lacks a "culture of judicial efficiency"; and the court "at some point ... will need to bear down and do the hard work necessary" to address the issues he raises. The assertion that the court does not work hard is profoundly mistaken: I know this for a fact and the court's work product proves it.
Explaining the High Court's Work Product and Efficiency
The Legal Intelligencer
July 19, 2013