Perceptions do vary. Some observers and most judges insist that the courts of appeals are in pretty good shape. However, many observers and some judges have voiced serious concerns about workload problems and their impact on the federal appellate courts. Indeed, the law review commentary is full of pessimistic assessments and sounds of alarm. Here is a representative list of perceived problems and expressed concerns.
Thomas E. Baker,
Two Cheers for the Commission on Structural Alternatives for the Federal Courts of Appeals
, 1 Fed. Cts. L. Rev. 557
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