Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:￼
Colleges are telling students not to return from Spring Break. Schools are closing. Employers are letting people work from home. Everybody is taking the virus seriously.
Except local government. The courts are open. They’re going to stay open, all of them, until the State Court Administrator tells them to shut down.
Look, for people who get arrested and need an arraignment to get out on bail, fine, I get it. You need a judge on duty. Same for Orders for Protection, emergency guardianship, etc. But the hearing doesn’t have to take place in person in the courthouse, it could be Skype.
For nearly everybody else – conciliation court, family court, probate, real estate, contract disputes – the hearing is postponed indefinitely.
Why not get out ahead of it now? Why wait?
I blame Trump. I suspect Democrats are afraid that if they close down the court system, Trump will pounce on it as an excuse to impose martial law and there will never be another election again. No, seriously, I really do think they’re that paranoid. After all, that’s what they would do, if the shoe were on the other foot.
Berg’s 7th Law.
Nobody’s laughing now.￼