SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal district courts have seen a rise in recent years in the time it takes to get civil cases to trial and resolve felony criminal cases as judges’ workloads have increased.
The problem is particularly acute in some federal courts such as California’s and Texas’s Eastern Districts. Judges there have workloads about twice the national average and say they are struggling to keep up.
The result is longer wait times in prison for defendants awaiting trial, higher costs for civil lawsuits and delays that can render those suits moot. [READ FULL ARTICLE HERE]