Monday, September 16, 2013

Showing Up and Actually Reading the Law

And so another week begins with an entertaining Monday morning argument (they always seem to really brighten the beginning of the week). At least this time, the adversary showed up. I've had far too many defaults over the summer to be surprised anymore when no one from the other side shows up.

This morning's fun began when my adversary arrived and began some sort of schtick that revolved around the basic premise that he had been practicing law for much longer than I had and that this was all a waste of time. It was his opinion that my client should just walk away and not get a dime, why would we even waste our time in court? Wasting our time was a good preface to the rest of the morning.

This was a matrimonial case and for reasons unbeknownst to me, my adversary, and his significantly vast years of experience, didn't bring his client with him to Court. When the Judge asked why he wasn't there, the response was that the attorney didn't think he had to be there since he lived out of state and so he didn't come, which is an odd statement from someone who supposedly has a lot of experience in this area. And this is where the waste of time rolled in, since we were unable to do any proceedings without his client.

The moral of the story is, of course, to make sure and check the judge's rules before you presume that you (or your client) doesn't have to appear. Because he didn't, I got a long rainy commute to waste my Monday morning.

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