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Rumpole: Today (Tuesday) was a nightmare in County Court. It does not appear the Judges did anything whatsoever to prepare for the extra cases today. Indeed, if anything there was this additional trial calendar at 11 AM that threw everything into a crisis. In at least three courtrooms 2-11, 4-10, and 4-9, the overcrowding was so bad that the courtrooms were boiling hot from the number of people jammed in. And when you get that many people jammed into a small space, they sweat. It smelled very bad in those courtrooms and in the hallways outside those courtroom which were also jammed with people trying to get into the courtrooms. I am not singling out those Judges- they did the best they could. It is just that it appears to me that Slom/Blake did nothing to ease those calendars in county court on this Tuesday after a holiday. It was just a madhouse. Lawyers were waiting in lines for a half hour or more. Then when you got to your next courtroom the Judge was upset because you were late. But you had to explain to them it took 35 minutes to get one DWLS done in 2-11 or 4-9.
Rumpole, this cannot continue. There was no semblance of any justice being done. The cops are unhappy, the clients are furious, the witnesses are leaving because they don't want to put up with the BS of siting around in a hot smelly courtroom till noon for a 9:30 trial. Something must be done. Please Rumpole, post this and solicit comments. I am back at my office at 2:30. I smell. I am hungry. I am frustrated. Clients were yelling at me. Judge's were calling my office every five minutes asking where I was. I just can't practice law this way.
Sweaty, smelly, frustrated and unhappy in County Court.
Rumpole replies: We had a case in felony court. It was a rather pleasurable experience. Anybody have a different experience today in County Court?