As the new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch is already standing out among his peers.
Gorsuch has chosen to opt out of a traditionally held practice of joining the Supreme Court’s “cert pool.”
Per Bizpac Review:
In an early show of independence, Justice Neil Gorsuch declined to join the Supreme Court’s “cert pool,” an administrative division of labor that allows for efficient review of the deluge of petitions the justices receive each term.
Gorsuch may be allowing his own staff to view the petitions because of potential distrust in the current process:
In choosing not to join the pool, Gorsuch is flashing an independent streak. By having his own staff review each petition, he may be signaling misgivings about the judgements of other chambers, or of pool memos prepared by clerks who don’t share his interpretative commitments.
Bizpac Review shares the decision might be to ensure “greater scrutiny is given to each petition”:
On the other hand, it may simply reflect a preference for the work product of his own clerks, an inclination shared by other federal judges including Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He may also feel that opting out of the pool ensures greater scrutiny is given to each petition.