Thursday, September 05, 2013
I had a great morning, no question about it. All was very well, and smiles were shared with a lot of people, including court staff.
The afternoon, not so much!! I had six hearings, as usual. The first one was a serious mess up on my part. Simply put, I did not get the documents I needed and did not subpoena the witnesses I needed. It is a child support issue, so the magistrate was pointed, but kind, in his demand for more information. You can be assured he will have it post haste!!
Then, in the remaining five hearings, only one obligor showed up and that case was dismissed because of lack of jurisdiction. And then two more were dismissed by the magistrate for procedural problems. And another one was dismissed because the parties had actually divorced while our matter was pending, so we must refile in the appropriate court. And we had failure of service in the last one.
All in all, a difficult (and possibly funny) afternoon. I did not laugh, yet.
I did received some good news: an obligor was picked in Missouri!! Huh? Our warrants for failure to appear are only state-wide!! My boss asked me if I want him hauled back here, and, of course, I said yes!