My Day In A Civil Court
On February, 27, 2012 I took a trip down to the City Courthouse. After driving around looking for the courthouse, I found a parking spot, and entered the Courthouse just after 9 a.m. Upon arriving at the courthouse, I had no expectations, since this trip was my first visit. However, I did notice quite the crowd entering and exiting out of the courthouse. Nonetheless, I moved on ahead and walked toward the entrance. Once inside, I observed two security guards, and a large metal detector. The metal detector was so sensitive that my belt buckle set off an alarm. I was asked to step to the side and spread my arms out away from my body. One of the security officers took a black wand and waved it past my body from head to toe, front and back. It only sounded off in front of my belt buckle. I was cleared to continue on my way. Through the security check point I went, and on to the information desk, where I was told to head upstairs and talk with the bailiffs. Upon discussing with the bailiffs which court room would provide the most interesting cases, they informed me to try court room 201. When asked why that particular room, the bailiff suggested that room H would one of the few rooms that hold out civil cases for the day, and it was to start shortly.
As I entered court room 201, I looked around and then took a seat. At this time there were only two other people sitting in the gallery. Behind the bar stood the bailiff, court reporter and one security officer. Not long after I sat down, the court clerk looked up across the end of the court where I was sitting and asked me if I was the plaintiff or the defendant. When I told her I was a student from Sheridan College there to observe for class, she quickly turned around and went back to her paperwork. Ten o‘clock rolled by and it appeared as if the court would not be starting anytime soon. So as I sat there and waited, I couldn’t help but overhear their converasation.
As time rolled...
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