28 U.S.C. § 1657 - U.S. Code - Unannotated Title 28. Judiciary and Judicial Procedure § 1657. Priority of civil actions

(a)  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, each court of the United States shall determine the order in which civil actions are heard and determined, except that the court shall expedite the consideration of any action brought under chapter 153 or section 1826 of this title, any action for temporary or preliminary injunctive relief, or any other action if good cause therefor is shown.  For purposes of this subsection, “good cause” is shown if a right under the Constitution of the United States or a Federal Statute (including rights under section 552 of title 5 ) would be maintained in a factual context that indicates that a request for expedited consideration has merit.

(b)  The Judicial Conference of the United States may modify the rules adopted by the courts to determine the order in which civil actions are heard and determined, in order to establish consistency among the judicial circuits.


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