Pro Se Cases Can Make a Judge a Top Closer
(30 Jul 2015) Chief Judge Loretta Preska of the Southern District of New York has closed more prisoner petition and civil rights lawsuits than any other judge in the nation in the twelve-month period ending March 31, 2015, according to the latest case-by-case court records compiled and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. TRAC's analysis of this new data reveals that Judge Preska has closed 707 cases where the nature of suit is listed as "prisoner petition," and 498 where it is listed as "civil rights," topping both categories. Overall, she has closed 1,277 cases of all types for the year ending March 31, 2015, the sixth most among the nation's district court judges.

According to Judge Preska, these numbers are influenced by the large number of pro se cases filed in the Southern District of New York as well as the unique way the district handles those cases.

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