This paper, an initial step of a larger project designed to provide a comprehensive consideration of the Court of Appeals, addresses some ramifications of the changes in the court's jurisdiction. Specifically, this paper will study characteristics of the court's decisions, such as rates of affirmance, unanimity and type of decision, i.e., opinion or memorandum. This examiniation will improve our understanding of the judicial decision-making process and enable us to view the Court of Appeals as an institution with a particular role in the prevailing legal and political structures and prcoesses.
Pace Law School
Pace Law Review, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 61-105, Winter 1992.