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4 Reasons Attorneys Arrive to Court Late

Jun 24, 2016 4:48:00 PM / by ZR Per Diem

4 Reasons Why Attorneys Are Late to Court and Should Use a Per Diem Attorney
For time immemorial, attorneys have handled court appearances as part of their law practices.  To handle their busy schedules, attorneys usually keep a physical calendar/diary or use an electronic calendar to handle their busy schedule and deadlines. However, even the most diligent attorney is sometimes late to court.  

Here are the top 4 reasons attorneys arrive to court late: 
  1. Subway Investigation. With more frequency, routine subway rides are being halted due to "sick passengers" and "police investigations". These occurrences can last anywhere from 1 or 2 minutes to half an hour or more. If this has happened to you, you know how nerve-wracking it can be. Best case scenario, you are a few minutes late and the Judge has not taken the bench. Worst case scenario, you missed the calendar call and your client was defaulted.  
  2. Snowstorm. Whether you are commuting to court in a car, train or subway, chances are a snowstorm will slow you down. Even if you leave earlier than usual, your commuting plans may fall by the wayside after the storm ends up being more severe than initially thought. 
  3. Wrong Courtroom. You just realized you went to the wrong building or were sitting outside the wrong courtroom. This happens more than you think. Either because you had an incorrect room or part number on your office calendar or the matter was reassigned to a new Judge or Part.  The result is the same, you are late or missed the court appearance. 
  4. Traffic. Whether due to a car accident or just more cars on the road on a particular day, a traffic jam ensues and your commute suddenly takes twice as long. Nothing you could have done would have alerted you to this set of circumstances, and the result is you arrive late or miss the court appearance.

Have an experience you would like to share about arriving late to your court appearance? Comment below. 

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ZR Per Diem

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