I had the need recently to go to court a couple of times and sort something out. Nothing nasty, but sometimes things need to be ratified in Court so that you can move on.
Oh my God!
What did I walk into? It was the most amazing experience just watching “justice” or the “justice system” going about its business.
It was truly amazing, inspirational and if one analysed it from a value for money point of view as a citizen, complete waste of money the days I was there. Let me explain.
On one day, I was told I may be heard around 10.am, so please be there in good time. But, depending on what may happen on cases before yours, it may take a lot longer to get to your case. Fair enough, I can sit and wait in the Courtroom.
There was a large table right in front of the Judge’s bench and there about 8 lawyers in their robes and wigs sat around it as case after case was called. On each occasion, one of the lawyers stood on the left, stated his point and sat down. Then, one on the right stood up, made a counter argument and sat down. At no time were there any witnesses, no accused, nothing. Each time, the case was “remanded” until a later date and so it went on, case after case.
There must have been twenty of these when someone was called and this young lady, couldn’t have been more than 18 stood on the edge of the officials area and replied to the judges questions. It took about 2 minutes, she said she would try to pay her debt and the two lawyers nodded to each other and sat down. Case “remanded” for review in 3 months time.
Then the fun really started when “prisoners” came up from the cells handcuffed to big burly policemen. One chap, in his painting overalls came up and answered to his name and the charges. His lawyer made some comment about something when the prosecution lawyer pointed out that this was not the first case that he had been brought up for. The Judge asked some questions, very little answer was given and he was sent back down to the cells. Then the fun started. The lawyers were having a right ding dong. The defense was giving the bleeding heart story while the prosecution pointed out that this was the third such assault in a pub within 6 months and he could not be considered to be safe.
The case was adjourned until a later date.
Up until I was called here must have been 40 cases and in only 1 of them was anything actually done. The rest were put off until another date. Such a waste of money and resources, but great value for me as a writer watching all of this unfold.
So, if you get the chance, do a bit of research and find out what is going on in your local Court and go pay a visit, it will be well worth the effort.