And we quote: "Let them eat cake."
Seriously, Judge Slom sent out the following memo on the problem of overcrowding on Tuesday when there is a Monday holiday.
THE HONORABLE SAMUEL J. SLOM
COUNTY COURT JUDGE
1351 N.W. 12 STREET ROOM 513
Miami, Fla. 33125
TO: THOSE SEEKING ACCESS TO THE REG JUSTICE BUILDING
FROM: SAM SLOM, ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE, COUNTY COURT CRIMINAL DIVISION
RE: TUESDAY CALENDARS FOLLOWING A HOLIDAY MONDAY
DATE: FEBRUARY 24, 2008
As many of you know, the large number of people seeking access to the REG Justice Building on a Tuesday following a Monday holiday is overwhelming. The impact of that increased traffic results in long delays and increased frustration.
In an effort to mitigate the volume of traffic seeking access during the peak morning hours following a Monday holiday, we are taking two steps at the County Court level.
1. County Criminal Divisions: The County Court Criminal Divisions will conduct their DUI trial calendars at their normal starting times. However, the other criminal traffic trial calendars (non-DUIs) will begin at 11:00 am and the misdemeanor trial calendars (if normally held on Monday) will commence at 11:30am. We anticipate that the later starting times for these two calendars will move a significant amount of those seeking building access away from the peak morning hours. The time interval between the DUI calendars and the remaining calendars can be used for plea negotiations and motion litigation. Keep in mind that this scheduling modification will only affect Tuesday calendars following a Monday holiday. Should this revised schedule prove unsuccessful in helping to mitigate the access problem, we can always rescind its usage. I want to thank the County Criminal Division judges for their willingness to implement this schedule modification.
2. Infraction traffic calendars: On Tuesdays following holiday Mondays, no traffic infraction calendars will be set at REG prior to noon. This should move a significant volume of traffic from morning to midday and help ease the delay in gaining access to the building.
In addition to the above measures we will also be meeting with the building security personnel to determine what measures can be taken to expedite access while not jeopardizing security.
Rumpole notes: The longest journey begins with the first step.