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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

LAST IN LINE

Pity our civil brethren.  When not billing $500/hour to file the same summary judgment motion or response to summary judgment they have filed a hundred times before, they are cooling their heels in the Starbucks next to the courthouse, or at any number of expense-account supported restaurants within walking distance.

We remember back in the 1980's when Burger King sent a food truck outside of our humble courthouse for a few months. It was a big deal.

But the civil courthouse is in dis-repair. There are poles in the middle of courtrooms, creating sight-obstructed views for jurors and participants alike. Termites eat files, and water damage creates mold. Even the vultures are unhappy. Plus the birds that hang out on the courthouse. 

The depressing part of all of this is that before WE get a new courthouse for lowly criminal life and death matters, the mortgage-defense-personal injury-corporate default -crowd will have to get their own courthouse next. Family has a new courthouse, and Juvenile-dependency-delinquincy has a much needed new courthouse right across from the City of Miami Police Department.

Which leaves our own humble courthouse last in line. "Please sir, may we have some more?"




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We don't begrudge the civil guys and gals a new courthouse. 

It just galls us to be in line right behind them while they check their I-Phone 6's to make sure their BMW or Porsche Cayenne has been  washed and waxed and is ready to be picked up. 

See You In Court. 

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

It almost sounds like you expect them to pony up and rebuild the courthouse themselves.

Rumpole said...

It would make us feel better.

Anonymous said...

Civil lawyers should fix their own courthouse with their own money. They make enough.

Anonymous said...

Every time a vote comes up for anything to do with a courthouse, they vote NO.

Anonymous said...

Our government has a duty and responsibility to provide a safe courthouse for the parties who appear in the building and the court's employees. This is a core function of government. Pay up!

Anonymous said...

I'm going to vote in favor but what are we going to do with the old one? We can't tear it down.

Anonymous said...

Why can't we see the survivor pool chart?

Anonymous said...

When the powers that be go before state legislators, they are always talking about crime and crime prevention, but we are always last on every list when it comes to funding our building and support personnel, but what can you expect when the power brokers have their offices in the family court building; hell even the investitures are done there like the REG would contaminate them.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know how the childrens (Juvy)courthouse got funded? I dont remember anyone voting on it.

CAPTAIN JUSTICE said...


THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

COST OF THE CHILDREN'S COURTHOUSE ....

Miami-Dade's Children’s Courthouse construction project is currently under way in downtown Miami. The courthouse will be a 300,000 square foot facility housing courtrooms and office space for the Juvenile Division of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida. The project budget is approximately $140 million, with one hundred percent of the funding coming from bond proceeds repaid with a surcharge assessed on all non-criminal traffic infractions.

Cap Out .....
Captain4Justice@gmail.com

Be Reasonable said...

The civil courthouse is a health and safety tragedy waiting to happen. REG is just ugly. Safety trumps ugly. I'm voting Yes on #168. Our turn will come....

Anonymous said...

The statutes provide for imposition of a surcharge on traffic infractions for bond repayment as well as funding state court facility construction projects, similar provisions should allow a surcharge on civil filings for the same reasons.
If the civil side needs a new courthouse add a $3 fee to every filing or something like that to help pay for it.
I wonder where the traffic fee has really been going all these years.

Anonymous said...

I know this is unrelated, but the 4th almost always gets it right, screw these "traffic solutions" companies.

http://www.4dca.org/opinions/Oct%202014/10-15-14/4D12-1312.rhg.pdf

Jack Blumenfeld said...

9:26, you asked about Juvenile Courthouse and didn't remember voting for it. At first, the County Commission tried a bond issue without a vote. Those bonds were validated in the Circuit Court and, on appeal to the Supreme Court, were held to be invalid. The court ruled that under the new constitutional provisions, a vote was necessary.see 234 So.2d 651(1970)Thereafter, a vote was held and the bonds were approved.

Jack Blumenfeld

CAPTAIN JUSTICE said...


THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

Judge Leslie Rothenberg strikes hard ....

You don't want to get on the bad side of Her Honor. Attorney Bruce Baldwin did, and now he gets to read all about it in an Opinion issued today by the 3rd DCA.

ROTHENBERG, J. (concurring).

I write this concurring opinion solely to provide a written reminder to counsel for the appellant of his obligations under the Rules of Professional
Conduct and as an officer of the Court. Specifically, counsel for the appellant is directed to Rule 4-3.1, Meritorious Claims and Contentions, and Rule 4-3.3,
Candor Toward the Tribunal, of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar.

.....

If the frivolousness of Nordt’s claim was the only problem in this appeal, I would have simply imposed (providing my panel colleagues agreed) 57.105 fees
without issuing this concurring opinion. What troubles me most is appellant’s counsel’s lack of candor to this Court and his failure to admit to the error of his argument and failure to apologize to the Court when confronted by his omission of
the clear, unequivocal, and dispositive evidence contrary to his position before the Court.

Read the entire Opinion here:

http://www.3dca.flcourts.org/Opinions/3D13-2845.pdf

Cap Out ....

Anonymous said...

Traffic infraction surcharge fees should go to fund courthouses that deal with traffic tickets such as our REGB. Civil courthouses should be paid for with surcharges on civil filing fees just like the family courthouse got paid with surcharges on divorce filing fees.

Anonymous said...

The Professor says:

But Captain, was Rothenberg wrong? And is this not what most good lawyers believe is the problem with lawyering today? Specifically, the inability to admit that your client's position is wrong.

Anonymous said...

It's $600/hour now. There is one retired judge who now charges $600/hour plus cost to arbitrate cases. At that $600/hour rate, you can imagine the amount of excessive litigation (hearings, re-hearings, depositions, memorandums etc) that this retired judge encourages to take place in an arbitration setting where things are supposed to be simple and uncomplicated.