As we worked toward the swift completion of our appointed rounds today, we couldn’t help but notice that something was in the air in our beloved REGJB today.
In one hallway, there was a judge grabbing a bunch of lawyers into chambers where the judge personally brewed a batch of Cuban coffee.
Then there was the courtroom where the Judge could not have been more helpful.
Judge: “Motions in writing are for strangers. We’re all friends here. What can I help you with counsel? I’m here to serve the people of the state of Florida to the best of my ability. You want a continuance? Of course. A little delay never hurt anyone. No need to put in writing. In fact, I’ll pull the file, write the motion myself, grant it, and if you don’t mind, I’ll be happy to hand deliver the order to your office this evening. All part of the service with a smile we provide here”
Judge’s handing homemade cupcakes from the bench. Coffee in chambers. Continuances with a smile. What in the name of Arthur Snyder is going on here?
(for those of you new the building, ask a friend about Judge Snyder.)
Call us jaded, but could it be the filing deadline for candidates to challenge Judges that looms at then end of the week? Or have our Judges in Dade been sneaking off to take those sensitivity training seminars that are all the rage north of the border?
Either way, take our advice and strike while the iron is hot. Get those motions to dismiss or suppress on calendar this week. Move to continue the case while the atmosphere of love and happiness still wafts through the hallways and chambers.
Because next Monday, those Judges who do not have opposition will be secure for the next six years and ….well, let’s just say we would advise you not to pop in for some more home made Cuban coffee because those bailiffs carry handcuffs. And be ready for trial. Because continuances are for nice guys, and nice guys finish last.
See You In Court, singing Kumbaya this week. And trying cases next week.
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