March 14th, 2005


userinfo senji
2005/03/14 15:50:00 - Courtly Ineptitude
So, I have a letter now unrequiring my attendance at court on the previously specified date (Court does not sit on Saturday) and requiring it this Monday morning.

Oh, well, I had a spare half-day left (and I expect I'll spend muchly time reading fat books...).
Current Mood: [mood icon] annoyed
Entry Tags: court, life

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userinfo antinomy
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2005/03/14 15:56:11
Do you have to take leave from work if your attendance at court is required? Can't you just get free time off like jury duty?
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userinfo senji
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2005/03/14 16:01:01
shrug. The pile of stuff I got from them with the previous letter probably says, OTOH if I take the time off then I don't have to worry with that; the half-day is (at least theoretically) going to run out on 1 Apr anyway and I can have a leisurely coffee in town afterwards rather than rushing back to work as soon as I'm not needed any more...
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userinfo hairyears
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2005/03/14 16:46:08


Actually, the court will probably waste your whole day, end up not calling you to the witness box, then demand your presence the next day.

Pretty cool for employees, decidedly chilly for their employers, horrible for the self-employed, and an appalling prospect for contractors who must, in theory, pay to replace their own labour and services on any day that they fail to fulfil their contractual obligations. Mostly they make up the hours, and hope that their unreliability doesn't cost them at the next renewal.

All this to watch some ludicrous costumed ceremony, or a brief display of ignorance before a magistrate, culminating in a fine a fraction of the value of your time and your employers' business, a community service order which will not in all probability be enforced, or a total fumble by the Crown Prosecution service.

Assuming, of course, that you don't live in one of the cities that has effectively decriminalised killing cyclists and pedestrians. The only dangerous thing that you can do in a car is drink: that can cost you your license and you may indeed go to prison. But sentences for sober maim and mayhem reach the front pages because they are so rare: their only deterrent value is to warn the prudent that there's no such thing as cheap legal advice.


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userinfo edith_the_hutt
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2005/03/14 16:59:32
Ah. An optimist!
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userinfo senji
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2005/03/14 17:04:06
Optimist you.

I'm quite surprised that this has come to court at all actually.
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userinfo cartesiandaemon
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2005/03/15 11:00:35
Eek! Wow, I hadn't read the original post. Hope it turns out rewardingly.

You could mention it to work and see what they think. You never know, everyone else might be cyclists too and heartily encourage you to take the time off...
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