Connecticut Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher’s new book, The Common Flaw: Needless Complexity in the Courts and 50 Ways to Reduce It, has landed on bookstore shelves, showcasing lessons he has accumulated for increasing efficiency and improving public perception of the courts. As one might imagine, the recommendations center around using common sense to speed up decisions in a system plagued by formalism and delays.

In a phone interview, Moukawsher, who announced in September that he would step down this month, acknowledged the book itself has seen its own challenges in coming to fruition. Paraphrasing Churchill, he said “It’s a joy to torment the beast, finally kill the thing and fling it to the public. It’s been a lot of things to me, but it’s been a great process. Like everything it has had its moments of frustration.”

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