The Wheels of Justice Need an Overhaul

The Inherent Inefficiencies of the Criminal Court System

Justice is Blind

She’s supposed to be blind…not inept.

Last year, I wrote a DUI crash involving a local citizen.

The amusing side note of which is he made his teenaged daughter tell us she was driving. Not to worry, we discovered the truth. This isn’t germane to the story, but the guy’s a douchebag and you know I love me a good douchebag story.

At any rate, this past week I was subpoenaed to criminal court to recount my harrowing tale and wow the judge with my documentation of the collision. The subpoena was for 0800 hours (which is both laughable and stupid, but God forbid I don’t show up on time).

I checked in and proceed to sit for over an hour before the prosecuting attorney grabbed my partner and I. We talked for less than five minutes and then proceeded to wait.

And wait.

And wait.

All told, we sat there for over three hours. The prosecuting attorney sent us a text to say we were okay to go get a bite to eat, but he’d need us back at 1315 hours. (Sure he would…)

Funny thing is when we got the text we were already at lunch. I told my partner to let the attorney know we would be available by phone as we weren’t coming back to sit for another three hours.

And wouldn’t you know it, we didn’t hear back until 1430 hours that we would receive new subpoenas for the end of the month.

I wasted over half of my day between riding to and from court, sitting and waiting and then sitting and waiting again in the afternoon for a heads up on whether or not we’d be needed. At least in the afternoon, I was able to finish up some paperwork…you know, like an efficient freaking officer.

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I realize that the DA’s office is chaotic and busy. I know they have stacks of cases on their desks and many of them don’t get reviewed until the morning of court. I understand attorney’s are over-worked and (often) underpaid. Believe me…I can relate.

I also concede the schedule may not be their responsibility and/or creation.

But, someone has to say it:

The criminal court system (aka the Wheels of Justice) is a testament to the inefficiencies of government…and a monumental waste of time and resources.

You know why shows like Law & Order are fictional? Because no one wants to watch cops sit on their ass for four hours with their thumbs planted firmly in their asses staring at the wall and trying not to fall asleep.

Listen, I’m all for testifying in court if it’ll put some assclown in prison for years, but let’s get realistic. I’m something like 15 minutes away from the court tops! Why in the hell can’t the DA just send me a text or ring me up and say, “Be here in 30.”?!

If you don’t know if/when the case is going to go, why in the blue hell are you wasting my time and the almighty tax payer’s money to have me sit on my ass for an extended period of time?!

Don’t get me wrong, I needed to catch up on Sons of Anarchy and read a little more of my book, but I was cool to put that on the back burner until my evening.

Get MC’s first book!

I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been subpoenaed to criminal court and ever had it go on time (not once), go at all (nearly never), or I’ve actually been needed to testify.

The system is so backwards and inefficient, it makes the DMV look like a well-oiled machine.

So, to my lawyer friends…what the fuck, man?!

To my LEO friends…can I get an Amen!

Seriously, I know I don’t know the intricacies involved in the scheduling of trials and coordinating schedules for all the involved parties has to be an epic pain in the ass, but there’s got to be a better way.

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17 thoughts on “The Wheels of Justice Need an Overhaul

    • For this very rea­son I devel­oped the ISub­poena sys­tem. I retired from law enforce­ment in Novem­ber 2013 to focus on sell­ing and imple­ment­ing this rev­o­lu­tion­ary sys­tem. Check it out at https://isubpoena.com I have sev­eral coun­ties already run­ning on it with oth­ers in line. All the cops I have talked to that use it love it.

      Let me know what you think and if I need to con­tact your da office.…… 🙂

      Thanks

    • For this very rea­son I devel­oped the ISub­poena sys­tem. I retired from law enforce­ment in Novem­ber 2013 to focus on sell­ing and imple­ment­ing this rev­o­lu­tion­ary sys­tem. Check it out at https://isubpoena.com I have sev­eral coun­ties already run­ning on it with oth­ers in line. All the cops I have talked to that use it love it.

      Let me know what you think and if I need to con­tact your da office.…… 🙂

      Thanks

  1. my sympathies! I suspect moves like that are to make the lawyers look good. BUT… if they were the ones paying you overtime to show up, I think they’d weigh a little more carefully who they subpoena. ….till then, increase the high-grade magnesium supplements, it’s sure helping my sleepability. 🙂

  2. A. Men. And it’s no different in Orange County either. I have turned, “Sitting on a wood bench and leaning into the corner of the wood post while dozing off with my hand capped firmly over my gun because I have now been awake for 26 hours” into a freakin art form.

    • For this very rea­son I devel­oped the ISub­poena sys­tem. I retired from law enforce­ment in Novem­ber 2013 to focus on sell­ing and imple­ment­ing this rev­o­lu­tion­ary sys­tem. Check it out at https://isubpoena.com I have sev­eral coun­ties already run­ning on it with oth­ers in line. All the cops I have talked to that use it love it.

      Let me know what you think and if I need to con­tact your da office.…… 🙂

      Thanks

  3. We had a deputy subpoenaed for court last week and had to wait in the DAs office like you did. But he works in the same damn building on the same damn floor. Idiots!

  4. There is a way- iSubpoena.com!!!!! DEMAND your deparent get this fine service NOW!!!!!!!!!!

  5. For this very reason I developed the ISubpoena system. I retired from law enforcement in November 2013 to focus on selling and implementing this revolutionary system. Check it out at https://isubpoena.com I have several counties already running on it with others in line. All the cops I have talked to that use it love it.

    Let me know what you think and if I need to contact your da office……. 🙂

    Thanks