[References to the all-pervading problem of delays in the operation of the federal judicial system have appeared in Part Two as the subject is involved in the administration of criminal law, and in Part Four as it is involved in the reform of procedure. In the Department of Justice judicial statistics were gathered on the subject beginning early in the administration, for presentation to the annual Judicial Conference. The inquiry into the problem led to three proposals: an increase in the number of judges; the retirement of aged or infirm judges; and the creation of an adequate administrative organization within the judiciary both to provide for the more expeditious transaction of its business and to free the judiciary from executive control in such matters as budget, supply, and assistants. Attorney General Cummings pressed for legislation to achieve each of these proposals. Ed.]
I HAVE reason to believe, not only from their report but for other reasons, that the members of the Judicial Conference were especially pleased to have the exhibit indicating a survey of the courts with reference to the time elapsing between joinder of issue and actual trial in the various districts. For instance, upon the occasion when the members of the Supreme Court, the Attorney General, and the Solicitor General called upon the President yesterday, Chief Justice Hughes in discussing with the President the need for additional judges took occasion to speak of the compilation in complimentary fashion, saying it had been of much service to the Judicial Conference.
I thought you might like to know of this. I myself think that the compilation was exceedingly useful and it ought to be continued and kept up to date and made a feature of future reports.
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Publication information: Book title: Selected Papers of Homer Cummings, Attorney General of the United States, 1933-1939. Contributors: Carl Brent Swisher - Editor, Homer S. Cummings - Author. Publisher: C. Scribner's Sons. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1939. Page number: 205.