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Posner Protests Over Pro Se Litigants

This month, Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner announced his retirement from the Court.  He made his announcement in a letter, which asserted that his retirement was due to “clashes with his fellow judges over the way the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals treats litigants who represent themselves led him to retire from the bench earlier than he planned.”   http://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/Articles/2017/09/06/Posner-bench-friction-9-6-17 (last visited September 21, 2017).  Judge Posner went onto say, “I was not getting along with the other judges because I was (and am) very concerned about how the court treats pro se litigants, who I believe deserve a better shake[.]”  Judge Posner asserted that more than half of the litigants that file cases into the Seventh Circuit are “pro se” or represent themselves without lawyers. 

Posner had served on the Seventh Circuit for almost thirty-six years.  Although he has left the bench, there is little doubt that he will continue to speak out on this important issue. 

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