SILENT CHARLIE SPEAKS! (below) But first...The Colonel of County Court has filed this report:
Rumpole, having been the bearer of bad news for so long, I am happy to report that the action at the front has slowly shifted and we now appear to be winning. As Winston Chruchill once said: "It's not the end. It's not the beginning of the end. It is the end of the beginning."
What I am referring to is the horrendous over-crowding conditions that have been occurring county court for the last month or so.
Today Judge Seff's courtroom in 4-10 was so empty she appeared lonely. Previously, the courtroom was so jammed that the line extended down the hallway. Same for Joe Fernandez in 2-11. Judge Ortiz in 5-2 was her normal unflappable self with a moderate amount of clients in her courtroom.
What we are seeing are the long awaited effects of the new scheduling system which removed non-DUIs from the sounding calendar and placed the responsibility for scheduling non-DUI traffic offenses in the hands of the Judges. The Judges seemed to have finally gotten the hang of it and the calendars appear to be much more manageable.
Dismissed. And remember, there's gold in dem dere misdemeanors.
Rumpole says: Our dear Robed Readers. What can you say about them except that even a broken clock is right twice a day? We are gratified to hear they have worked their scheduling problems out in county court.
However, we must admit that Kounty Kort remains a mysterious and baffling place that we still perambulate by while casting a weary and wary eye at the disgruntled masses huddling in the hallways while those nameless and faceless traffic lawyers scurry to and fro making incomprehensible motions while shouting out traffic statutes that all begin with a 3.
UPDATE: SILENT CHARLIE SPEAKS!!! (he says- and we quote-: "woops")
Yesterday we reported that a new PD rule/policy that had gone into effect was having a deleterious effect on PD morale, which was low to begin with. The new policy that was handed down by the Silent Oz Behind The Curtain (SOBTC) was that henceforth all attorneys would answer their own phone calls.
We now receive word that the Great and Silent Oz has changed his mind!
After unilaterally implementing the "answer your own phone" policy without consulting the attorneys who work there, and after the aforementioned uproar (fanned, we hope, by this humble blog) spread like wildfire ( or like an insulting email between county and circuit judges), we now are informed by reliable sources that The Great and Silent Oz has said "woops" and halted the new policy. Peace of sorts has now returned to the Office of the PD, and once again the poor, the weak, and the gullible, who call the Public Defender as the last bastion of defense for the defenseless, are again greeted with
"Law Offices of the Great and Silent OZ...how may we help you?"