Judicial deference to the executive branch at the State Court level
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A study in the effects of the solicitor general on judicial deference to the executive branch at the state court level. There has been significant research done into the development of judicial deference, but it almost always takes place at the Supreme Court. Similarly, the Solicitor General’s success rate has only been analyzed at the federal level. Recently there has been a trend of states creating Solicitor General Offices in order to gain the advantage perceived at the federal level. By comparing the level of deference state courts give to their executive branch over two time periods I determine that although the Solicitor General does impact deference, the impact isn’t immediate. The states with the strongest level of deference were the states that have had Solicitor Generals for a significant amount of time before the analysis. States where the office was created I between the two time periods do experience heightened deference, but at a lower level. This paper seeks to fill the gap in judiciary research where the majority of the focus is on the Supreme Court, which although very important does not give a comprehensive understanding of the US judicial branch.