Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Broward County Courthouse, Who Do You Think You Are?

I took a trip up to Broward County this morning to visit their lovely mental institution Courthouse for a hearing. Every time I go up there I realize how crappy that Courthouse is.

First of all, what is up with the parking? There are only a handful of private lots charging $10-$20 flat rates for the day (most get suckered into the $20 because of its location). You could stay 10 minutes or 8 hours - you pay that amount. If you show up at 4am you may be lucky enough to get a meter on the street - but I bet the police will find something wrong with it and give you a ticket anyway. Why? Because it is Broward County.

Why is it so expensive to park? Do you think your land is worth more than Miami? If you haven't been down to Miami in the past 20 years you may not know that Miami has municipal parking lots where you can park all day for $8. And if you are stupid enough to go to a private lot maybe you will pay those Broward Rates, but at least they give you an hourly rate option and not require a full day flat rate.

Now I know suddenly Broward has a high opinion of itself thanks to a certain Anna Nicole Smith media circus in their courthouse over the past few weeks, but really this has to stop.

On top of that - the elevators in the courthouse never work and they are slower than the drawbridges over the Miami River.

And this courthouse can't decide whether you should bring your own Orders to hearings or give you blank ones. If you don't bring in an order they send you down to an administrative office to get some. When you show up there you get lectured for not bringing an Order. What is the big deal? In Miami the blank orders are in such excess that they are used as toilet paper in the Judge's bathrooms. So why is Broward so cheap? That is just another mystery.

I just want to know why the Judge's chambers do not have fax machines. I show up for the hearing and the Judge for some reason doesn't have some document that I already sent him by mail. I ask if I can have my office fax it over to him. No can do because they don't have a fax. What? Seriously? Is there some hidden fax but you just refuse to share? Bullshit.

On top of that - what is with all the smug faces that work around there? Every person automatically gives you a blank stare and refuses to assist you with anything. Even after you do all the "please", "thank you", "I appreciate it" ass kissing, you still get nothing. You all need to just chill out!

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3 Comments:

Blogger Elad said...

talk more about how much Broward sucks.

February 28, 2007 12:22 PM  
Blogger SuperBee said...

I hate practicing in Broward. I feel your pain.

February 28, 2007 2:49 PM  
Blogger LoriB said...

hahaha. Ok lets see if we can figure out what shawn is creating. I say some great laughs! U so silly.

The good news is they have lots of space... to improve.

March 06, 2007 2:01 PM  

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