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