Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Sunday, January 27, 2008

An Actual Hearing

Judge: Don't Rise! Mr. Gonzalez do you have your notepad ready?

Me: Yes, your honor.

Judge (flipping through the court file): I don't see any responsive pleadings or affidavits.
Petitioner's Motion paragraph 1, granted. Paragraph 2, granted, at least until respondent replies. Paragraph 3 (bites his lip and moves his head back and forth), are you keeping up Mr. Gonzalez?

Me: Yes, your honor.

Judge: Granted, Paragraph 4? We'll leave attorney's fees pending until trial. Thank you counsel. We're off the record.

Verbatim, that is the entire hearing. It took less than two minutes. Now I'm glad I won, but what if my client expects that kind of performance in the rest of our hearings?