25 Am. U. L. Rev. 595 (1975-1976)
Congressional Reference Cases in the United States Court of Claims: A Historical and Current Perspective

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CASES IN THE UNITED STATES
COURT OF CLAIMS: A HISTORICAL
AND CURRENT PERSPECTIVE*
JEFFREY M. GLOSSER**
INTRODUCTION
It is as much the duty of Government to render prompt justice
against itself in favor of citizens, as it is to administer the same be-
tween private individuals. The investigation and adjudication of
claims, in their nature belong to the judicial department . . .
These words are from President Abraham Lincoln's first State of the
Union message to Congress, delivered December 3, 1861. Putting
aside for purposes of this article those cases which may be filed in the
United States Court of Claims under its general jurisdictional
statutes,2 we are concerned here with claimants who seek other than
a purely legal remedy. In the latter situation, . . . Congress . . . is
the last resort to which the individual can turn for redress.3
The Senate Committee on the Judiciary, while considering the
present congressional reference statute,4 made the following observa-
tions:
* Copyright 1976 by Jeffrey M. Glosser.
** B.S., 1958, University of Pennsylvania; LL.B., 1961, Harvard University; Chairman,
Congressional Reference Subcommittee and Rules Subcommittee, Court of Claims
Committee, The Bar Association of the District of Columbia; Chairman, Congressional
Reference Subcommittee, Court of Claims Committee, Federal Bar Association.
The author gratefully acknowledges the assistance of Renee S. Ross, Esquire, former
law clerk to the author's law firm.
1. State of the Union Message by President Lincoln, Dec. 3, 1861, quoted in Cong.
Globe, 37th Cong., 2d Sess., pt. IV, App. at 2 (1862).
2. See Jones & Davis, Profile of a Congressional Reference Case, 28 J. MO. BAR 69
(1972) [hereinafter cited as Jones & Davis].
3. Hearings on Evaluation of the Effects of Laws Enacted to Reorganize the Legisla-
tive Branch of the Government Before the Senate Comm. on Expenditures in the Execu-
tive Departments, 82d Cong., 1st Sess. 248 (1951) (remarks of Representative Emanuel
Celler, Chairman, House Judiciary Comm.)
4. Pub. L. No. 89-681, 80 Stat. 958 (1966) (codified at 28 U.S.C. §§ 1492, 2509 (1970)).

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