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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Clerks of Constitutional Courts / Supreme Courts

Akiko Ejima

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 24 February 2020

Subject(s):
Constitutional courts/supreme courts — Preliminary procedures of constitutional courts/supreme courts — Judicial decisions

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1. In a globalized world, the caseload of constitutional courts and supreme courts is increasing along with the complexities and difficulties of constitutional questions. In contrast, the number of apex court judges is modest: it varies between five (eg Equatorial Guinea and Senegal) and 19 (Russia). The average number is nine. It is not difficult to imagine that someone must assist judges in preparing for cases beyond administrative case management offered by court clerks (judges at constitutional courts / supreme courts). Therefore, it is not surprising that the...
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