It rained in Miami this week. Which means, naturally, that one of our courthouses flooded. But it wasn't the asbestos addled dinosaur at 73 West Flagler Street (Motto: "A support beam in every courtroom obstructing your view since 1935"), but one of our newer courthouses- the Family Law center where everyday divorces and domestic violence injunctions are bandied about like so much hoo-haa.
So what does this mean for you, you may ask?
Carry an umbrella, replies Rumpole.
And read this email and govern yourself accordingly:
The Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center, located at 175 NW 1st Avenue, was evacuated and closed on Tuesday afternoon, August 1st, due to flooding from a roof drain impacted by significant rain. The building will remain closed on , for repairs.
All hearings scheduled for Wednesday, August 2nd, will be re-scheduled and parties will be notified accordingly.
What you may ask, could even be more bad news that that? Steady yourself.
The clerk's office on the 9th floor has ....REMOVED the copy machine. No soup for you. No copies of a-forms and discovery and such for you.
But Rumpole, you may ask, doesn't this mean that the files will be available on-line?
Surely you jest dear reader. Stop reading fake news. The clerk's office just upgraded their dial-up modem for AOL, although it's still powered by a couple of gerbils on a wheel in a cage. And monitored by a guy named "Al".
From Occupied America, where Miami Beach floods when it rains, but sea levels aren't rising, and the globe isn't warmer, and part of the Antarctic ice-shelf didn't recently break away, carry and umbrella and Fight The Power!