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Monday, November 16, 2015

URGENT MESSAGE FROM FACDL

We went three for three yesterday in our picks. Again. (yawn). 

The FACDL is very worried about your ability to get into the courthouse. 
As the Vice President is wont to say, "this is a big F'ing deal". 
Or not. 

Good morning membership,

PLEASE NOTE: THE FOLLOWING IS FOR RENEWAL OF COURT ID - IF YOU ARE A FIRST TIME APPLICANT THIS DOES NOT APPLY.

Beginning December 2015, the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) will be renewing Security By-pass Identification (ID) cards to those Criminal Defense Attorneys who currently possess a security By-pass ID for the Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building (REG) expiring December 31, 2015. (Umm... REGJB if you please.) 

This year, in order to receive the 2016 ID, attorneys will need to prepay the $10 renewal fee by check of money order payable to MIAMI-DADE COUNTY (or "Louie's garage of Hialeah and Bethesda").  The check or money order MUST be accompanied by the attached PAYMENT REMITTANCE FORM and mailed to the AOC Human Resources Division by close of business Tuesday December 1, 2015, to ensure the ID is ready for pick up at the locations outlined in the attached document. (Rumpole wonders. Back in the old days, we used to race to the one post office in Miami open to midnight to post our briefs on time. What exactly does "close of business" mean? 2pm for circuit court judges? Or if it's postmarked by 12/1 is that OK? And how about if you fedex it on 12/2 and it arrives before those letters mailed on 12/1?) 

AOC Human Resources Division
L.E.T. Courthouse Center
175 NW 1st Ave. Suite 2702
Miami, Fl 33128
Attention: Yolan Dauphin

The ID will not be available for pick up if the remittance form and check or money order is not received by Tuesday, December 1, 2015 deadline.  (Ok. Wait a sec. The above information says "postmarked by 12/1." Now this says "received by 12/1". Do we need to research the old mailbox rule? Or the Tippsy Coachman rule? How about hand delivery? This is confusing. ) 

Please note cash will not be accepted without exception. (What, you think this is Joes?)
(You may not pass GO. You May not collect $200.00. You might not even be allowed to buy a cup of coffee in the non-existent cafe, which, unless someone is playing a great joke on us, will be known as "Gordo's". We can't make this stuff up. )

Attorneys who fail to meet the December 1, 2015 deadline will need to make an appointment with the AOC Human Resources Division to collect the renewal ID. (Motto: "try getting us on the phone. Ha ha ha.) "  At this time the renewal fee will be $15.00 and appointments will not be available until after January 4, 2016.

Attached are further instructions and Important information regarding distribution schedules and locations. (see pick up schedule and Acknowledgement form attached)  (To summarize, unless you do exactly as you are told, do it when you are told, and fill out all forms in triplicate, it will be demonstrably easier to win a criminal appeal in the 11th circuit and get an apology from the government, then getting your ID pass. 

Also attached is the FACDL-Miami 2016 Membership/Renewal Form.  Annual membership runs from January 1st to December 31st in 2016.  In order to maintain uninterrupted access to our listserv, please pay your membership fees on or before January 31st, 2016. (Dues, dues dues.) 

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rumpole just spanked the FACDL.

Anonymous said...

Rumpole,

Instead of being an asshole and criticizing everyone (who are volunteers), why not step up and help.

I really like having that ID card. Have you ever tried going through security with white boards, boxes of files and a brief case?

Please consider being part of the solution and not part of the bitch and complain club.

Your loving servant....

Anonymous said...

Why make fun of facdl for advising us how to get ID's to make our morning easier. You know well it is the AOC who set out the rules to get court ID's.

The people on facdl are volunteering their time to get the message to us. And you attempt to be-little them? You're a loser

Rumpole said...

I must protest. I did not "attempt to belittle them". I in fact belittled them. It was a completed act as the blog post attests to.

Rumpole said...

I'm not complaining. I have my Id. And I have people who handle this crap for me.

Anonymous said...

What bullshit! Court IDs? Renewing every year? A "bar card" accomplishes the same.. The AOC is just looking to make some money.

Anonymous said...

Is it me or is Saam facing the jury while asking questions to the witnesses?
Seems a little rude. The jury will still hear your question if you face the
witness. Maybe it was just the TV camera angle. Weird.

Anonymous said...

Douche bag

Anonymous said...

Saam is the maan.

REAL FORMER JUDGE said...

It is worth being a Judge just so as not to deal with the courthouse bullshit.

I am glad not to practice or be a Judge anymore

Good luck y'all.

earl rogers said...

If you're the defense lawyer in a murder case, who do you want the jury to pay attention to--you or the prosecution witness? Directly addressing the jury is a tactic that all the best attorneys use, including Rumpole of the Bailey and my own long-deceased namesake. The last thing you should be worried about in a murder case is being rude to the witnesses who are trying to put your client in prison.

Anonymous said...

If you're trying that case I don't think you want the jury to pay attention to what comes from the state's witnesses on the witness stand.....