I’ve been out of the office for a three-week period due to scheduled vacation plus the unexpected illness of a family member. I am really looking forward to getting back to work! Keeping in touch over the Internet can only go so far, but I have been watching with fascination as two sagas unfold.
The first saga began with gossip (and boy do lawyers love to gossip about other lawyers and court personnel!) about some sort of altercation between a registrar and an employee. This serves as a reminder (not that we needed one) that the court personnel, including registrars and judges, are human too. They are all too clearly prone to the same types of mistakes and malfeasance as the rest of the world.
That leads me to the second saga: a new documentary out on divorce courts. Anyone who works in divorce law will tell you that cases can become outrageously over-expensive and over-litigated. If you read this blog regularly, you know I have complained about this before. However, it looks like the filmmakers have chosen to sensationalize and simplify circumstances to make a one-sided point.
David Hoffman, whose work I respect, has written a very thoughtful and insightful article about this documentary that you should read if you are thinking of going to see it.