If at first you do not succeed, try, try, again (this time fully masked).
Our New Chief Judge Sayfie wisely shut down in person hearings after many people were becoming infected and sick with the "Sy Gaer" version of the Delta Variant (always in court, always ready, indefatigable).
On Monday September 20, 2021 (when hopefully many of us are celebrating the Dolphins being 2-0) the old REGJB will creak open her doors, her floors newly shinned, her escalators under repair, and welcome back the lifeblood of the building-the court staff, corrections, clerks, clients, lawyers and last and least, black robed apparitions who float several feet above mere mortals in the old lady's courtrooms.
As per Judge Sayfie's order, while court is "abierto"*, you may still appear remotely. In other words, the best of both worlds.
We are back baby! Shine those shoes. Watch You-Tube videos to remind yourselves how to tie a Windsor Knot (idea for a blog post- what's your go-to tie knot?) or wrap a fashionable ascot, pick out your best suit or blouse-skirt combo and come back to the courthouse we all love to hate and hate to love, but cannot get out of our blood (skipping all snarky virus comments).
In all seriousness, Delta kicked our collective ass over the summer, reminding us (well, those of us who are not the Governor of Florida) that this virus is serious stuff and we need to remain vigilant. Very simply- to stay safe WEAR A FREAKING MASK IN COURT- AND THAT MEANS ABOVE YOUR NOSE.
We implore our Judges to enforce mask requirements and to empower their bailiffs to remove from the courtroom anyone not wearing a mask THAT COVERS THEIR NOSE. We do not want to hear any political BS. If a judge can require a male lawyer to wear a coat and tie in court in the middle of August, then a judge can require everyone to wear a mask THAT COVERS THEIR NOSE in court. Pure and simple.
And if that is not the case, then expect Rumpole to show up in August in shorts, a T-shirt, and flip-flops, and really, no one wants to go there.
Welcome back and in light of the occasion we will dust off our original ending to blog posts for many years....SEE YOU IN COURT.