From the Desk of Judge Sam Slom comes the brand new schedule for bond hearings:
Beginning this coming Monday, November 19th, misdemeanor first appearance hearings will be conducted live in Courtroom 3-2 (the defendants will be physically present in the courtroom). The morning session will begin at 9am and the afternoon session at 1:45pm.
Felony bond hearings will continue to be conducted via video in Courtroom 5-3. The morning session will begin at 9am and the afternoon session at 1:45pm.
Weekend and holiday first appearance hearings for adults will continue as usual with one hearing via video in Courtroom 5-3.
Couple of Rumpole thoughts: What if a defense attorney has a client in misdemeanor and felony bond hearings at the same time?
What was the reasoning behind bringing misdemeanor defendants to the courthouse instead of doing it via video?
Remember when Judges would set bonds with an "01" like setting a bond for $10,001 as a code for other judges not to lower the bond?
Trivia question: What courtroom originally had the video bond hearings?
Final thought: So the administrative Judges have finally come to the realization that they need two Judges to do the job that Gerry Klein was doing. And even with two Judges, Rumpole believes the bond hearings will not be done as quickly and efficiently as Judge Klein did them.
See You In Court, Not getting a bond.