Growing docket for world court. (Tomorrow in Brief).
The UN International Court of Justice is seeing a boom in business. The number of cases on the court's docket has grown from just one or two cases at any one time during the 1970s to 23 cases currently--five of which are between intercontinental disputants. The court is now taking steps to improve its working methods and accelerate its procedures so that important new cases coming onto the docket are not delayed. In order to increase the number of decisions it renders each year, the court is recommending greater cooperation between disputants, encouraging more-succinct oral statements, and limiting the number of repetitious written pleadings, replies, and rejoinders.
Source: International Court of Justice, Peace Palace, 2517 KJ The Hague, The Netherlands. Web site www.icj-cij.org.