Last Thursday, we faxed a motion to continue trial to Mesa Municipal Court at 10:02 a.m. We sent the state a copy too, of course, though we’d also told the assigned prosecutor what we were going to do the day before.
The court called us at 2:25 p.m. and left a message about getting our position on the state’s motion to continue trial. That’s right, the state’s motion. Not ours. The motion the state didn’t bother faxing us until 3:45 p.m.
I called the court back sometime shortly before 5:00 p.m. and spoke with a very pleasant lady. She wanted to know my position on the state’s motion. I told her we didn’t oppose it and had in fact filed our own motion. She asked for me to wait a moment and came back a bit later.
“Oh my goodness, so you did!”
Ever wonder why it seems like the state has special access to some courts? Like prosecutors receive preference even though they’re better-equipped and have more staff to deal with the cold shoulder many others have to experience?
It’s hard to say for sure, but it might seem like that because it’s like that.