Why do court decisions take so long?

The more problems, evidence, witnesses and arguments, the longer the trial will last. While a legal case may seem endless and delays expensive, established procedures are designed to protect both parties and produce the fairest system possible. An appellate court can issue its opinion or decision in as little as a month or up to a year or more. The average time period is 6 months, but there is no time limit.

The deadline does not indicate what type of decision the court will make. The opinions are available on the Internet at the Administrative Office of the Courts. The Court of Appeals issues rulings on the first and third Tuesday of each month. The Supreme Court issues rulings once a month, usually during the first or second week of the month.

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