John C. Godbold

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A court is many components. It is a highly structured and formalized institution. It is judges and staff and the internal relationships between them.

A court has history and traditions. It has accomplishments and sometimes disappointments. The court referees, decides, and guides. At its best it performs those tasks successfully and engenders confidence and respect in its work. When it does these things it imparts stability to the world around it.

We look at some of these components of the Eleventh Circuit after its first decade. This is not an in-depth examination of decisions of the Eleventh Circuit, which are included in nearly 300 volumes of the Federal Reporter, Second series. That is for other commentators.

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