"The Line" has been saved for now. The attorney entrance line at the back of the REGJB- scheduled for execution on Friday June 1, 2012 at 9:01 AM., has received a stay. For now the line will stay in business. The reason is ostensibly the backlog of applications for the REGJB Identity Card that all attorneys will need to gain entrance to the REGJB with waiting with Hoi Polloi (the great unwashed).
NOTE: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE AN FACDL MEMBER TO GET AN ID CARD. You do have to be a lawyer and have your bar multi-state results immediately available.
Now these next words hurt, but they must be said: Broward does it right (ouch) and Dade does not. Give us a moment to recover from this painful observation.
In Broward they have an employees line that attorneys can use with a Bar card. It is much shorter than the general line. Therefore, when an attorney from Dade who infrequently visits Broward has the unfortunate requirement of attending court in Broward, s/he can still gain admittance within a reasonable time. However, when our brethren from Broweird head south, they will have to wait in a lengthy line because their Bar card will do them no good in gaining entrance to the REGJB.
The question is why?
A card that allows all attorneys entrance to the REGJB without being screened is an unmitigated security risk. Either people get screened or they don't. If you screen three quarters of the people entering the REGJB, or 90% of the people, you might as well not screen anyone. Not screening everyone is a security gap that is intolerable in a gun-ridden society. Any lawyer has just as much a chance of becoming imbalanced (and more so for the judiciary-sorry, couldn't resist the cheap shot) as any other individual.
So why not just have a separate line for attorneys and staff and those who work at the REGJB like clerks and court reporters? Just like they do in ...ughh...Broweird.
Our understanding is that as things now sit, once the attorney line is closed, all staff members from the SAO or the PD or any intern working with an attorney will have to stand in lines that sometimes have more than an hour wait time. So will any attorney who happens to visit from West Palm or Broward or from any other jurisdiction. Imagine you are an attorney hired for a big case in Tampa. A six or eight week murder trial, and every day you have to wait in line for an hour to get into the courthouse. Think your opponent will have an advantage over you?
The current system will never work. Please fix it Judges Brown and Soto.
See You In Court.