One of the talking points on left-leaning blogs is to cluck about the fact that the disagreement that lead to the confrontation on the state Supreme Court was about when the Court's decision would be issued. It is, they say, somehow indicative of a lack of judicial independence that the majority wanted the decision out quickly because the state wanted it out quickly as revealed by, in addition to submissions to the Court (which the critics ignore), public statements by certain legislators. They cite statements by the dissenting Justices that the Court operates on "court time" and not "legislative time."
The critics are wrong.
It is not at all unusual - in fact it is admirable - for a Court to recognize that a matter before it is time sensitive, i.e., that asserted rights will be lost if a decision is not issued by a certain date or before a certain event. That was the case in Ozanne. If it was not decided by sometime in mid-June, the claim that the circuit court had interfered with the constitutional prerogatives of the legislature would have been mooted. Because of the looming deadline for passage of a new budget, the legislature would have had to take up the collective bargaining reforms for a second time. But the claim in Ozanne was that the reforms had been properly passed and that it was a violation of separation of powers for the circuit court to declare them to be invalid and enjoin their enforcement. In other words, the case had a shelf life.
There is nothing wrong with a court recognizing this and attempting to act promptly so that the rights of the parties will not be lost by the mere passage of time.