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Why Court Takes So Long!

“We’ll just let the Judge decide!”  famous last words…

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Court can take a while for a myriad of reasons.

From filing and just getting a Court date, which could be 3 months to 13 months in the future, to finding and serving the Defendant with proper process, can take longer than expected.

A mistake in not attaching the correct summons, having the incorrect date or time or not properly signing the papers can all lead to delay.

The Judge’s schedule can cause delay. The trial from yesterday may bump you. An Emergency in another matter will bump you. A Commitment, Domestic Violence matter or even one that will be “real quick” can bump you.

Slow witnesses, attorneys that ask a lot of questions, even pointless questions cause delay. Unavailable experts, extra long lunch breaks and multiple recesses add to the length. 

Injuries, illnesses and hospital visits delay trials. Also, if you don’t finish in the time allotted, don’t assume you will bump tomorrow’s trial, because you might not!

Not to mention CONTINUANCES.

Even when the trial is over your case may not be. The Court has up to 6 months to Rule on your matter.

Court can take longer than it should and once you find yourself in contested litigation you may well not have a choice but to go along for the ride.

Matthew Thompson is a Family Law Attorney in Mississippi and knows that the Wheels of Justice Can Turn Slow. 

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Advice of the Day: Know When to Shut Your Mouth

Everyday presents a lesson that we can take away and learn from.


Today’s “Advice of the Day” is:   Know When to Shut Your Mouth.

  • When the Judge Orders you to Stop Talking?           Stop Talking.
  • When the Other Side Agrees to What you Want?  Stop Talking.
  • When Your Lawyer asks you to Stop Speaking?       Stop Talking.
  • When you are Winning Greatly?                                        Stop Talking.
  • When you are Losing Badly?                                                 Stop Talking.

Matthew Thompson is a family Law attorney in the Hospitality State and encourages you to ‘be still and listen.’

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Court is Unpredictable.

Court. The true final frontier.

Court is where disputes that otherwise cannot get resolved get resolved. However, Court does not always go as planned. Witnesses freeze up and forget details that matter. Your client talks too much and argues with the other side. Or, your client cries uncontrollably and is hard to understand while testifying. The other party has spontaneous amnesia. The Judge has other cases and the other attorney has an emergency in the next Courtroom.

Even the best laid plans go awry. Court starts late and finishes early, for the day. Court runs long. Court is not fun and a “win” is hard to come by.

Avoid it if you can. Prepare like you can’t.

Matthew Thompson is a Mississippi Family Attorney.

Follow the blog:#BowTieLawyer Visit the website: #Thompson Law Firm You may also contact Matthew with your family law matter or question at (601) 850-8000 or Matthew@bowtielawyer.ms