The system is breaking down.
We are speaking of Tuesday trial days when Monday is a holiday.
Two of the busiest days of the court week are jammed into one, and the result is chaos.
Parking is next to impossible.
The lines to get into the courthouse are literally around the block.
There is mass confusion and everyone is upset.
In county court, calendars grind to a halt as both defense attorneys and prosecutors plead for more time when their clients/witnesses aren’t present because there is a decent chance they are stuck trying to park or in the security line (“people with knives to the left; people with rocket launchers to the right, please. Please take all explosives out of your pocket. All explosives must go through the x-ray machine. “ )
In felony court two days worth of calendars makes for large calendars, long lines, grumpy attorneys, overworked clerks, and Judges whose problems in getting the calendar done so they can get to Joes before noon we could really care less about.
Chief Judges Blake and Slom need to recognize there is a problem.
While they don’t have a problem parking, and while they don’t have a problem getting into the building, perhaps if they glance out of their dark tinted windows as they cruise into work humming the Gator fight song they may see the mass confusion going on outside their Corinthian leather appointed cars.
What the overcrowded court system does is cause disillusionment and disrespect for the court system. If we the victim in a case and it was dismissed in county court because it took us an hour to park and get through security, we would be very angry.
The system is broke, and Slom and Blake have the responsibility to fix it.
We will be watching.
See You In Court, doing sudoko puzzles in line.