Under the article “County Board Considers Multi-Million Dollar Construction,” commenter “Questioning” has a couple of sentences about the court system’s wasting people’s time that I would like to comment on.
Here’s the whole comment with the part that interested me most in enlarged bold face type:
emiclake pretty well nails it.
Population drops from 320,000 to 308,000 so we need to expand government buildings.
We sure do elect the dumb ones don’t we?
How about we eliminate the court curtain call and schedule attendance?
This business of having EVERYONE THERE first thing in the morning is an insult to the taxpayers!!
How about we move the health department to the Mental Health Board Taj(x) Mahal?
How about we start using Elgin Mental Health center for what it was designed instead of incarcerating the mentally ill in our jail?]
We already have too much government – more building = more government!!
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I’ve sat in McHenry County courtrooms shaking my head at how much time that judges spend determining their calendars.
What I do not understand is why scheduling clerks could not perform the same task and let the judges hear cases.
Does this have something to do with how lawyers bill their clients?
It seems to me that most of the scheduling could even be done remotely.
Surely there must be some computer program that could juggle the parties’ and the judges’ schedules as well or better than the judges themselves.
Judges just get paid too much to spend time on such a routine function.