Our post about Georgia's interesting two-term rule (if direct appeals aren’t decided in two terms of court in the Court of Appeals or Supreme Court, the appealed decision is affirmed by operation of law) prompted this response from a California lawyer and legal ethicist:
In California, a judge or justice does not get paid if any matter has been pending more than 90 days! That innovation did speed up things but it occasionally leads to creative work-arounds. For example, in the appellate setting the 90 days don't start until the oral argument has been made. So the justices don't hold oral argument until they've already decided how to rule on the case.
Certainly puts Michigan's caseflow management strategy in perspective.