Hello and welcome back to Attorney Paz’s rants of a criminal defense attorney. This week I want to talk about how the criminal justice system has not updated into the 21st century. I was going to say it’s in the 19th century, but I’ll be nice and say it’s in the 20th century. If you want to view any of my video rants, including the video for this topic, check out my Facebook page.
Lack of Technology
A lot of my clients get very upset when they ask why discovery is taking so long. And the reason why discovery takes so long is because in most jurisdictions, I have to physically go to court and get a hard C.D. copy or a hard paper copy of discovery. And most people ask me why in the 21st century, when there’s email and electronic filing, why do we have to wait so long for discovery? And the answer just simply is that the criminal justice system hasn’t caught up yet. So while you can e-file in family court, civil court, and now probate court, I’m still fax filing in criminal court.
Also for discovery purposes, in most jurisdictions, I have to go and pick up on the court date only a copy of the C.D.s or copy of papers. Some jurisdictions are piloting submitting evidence via evidence.com which means I can log in to a secure site and view things that they have uploaded for me, and then just save them to my hard drive. There are only a few jurisdictions that are doing this so a vast majority of the time, I have to wait until our court date to go and physically pick up discovery.
Obviously this means that your court case is going to take longer, because if I have to keep going back, because there’s discovery missing that they have to request and then I have to go and pick up again, it just starts to prolong your case. And I hear you that you want to get this over with as soon as possible in an expeditious fashion, but unfortunately I can’t make the hands of justice turn any faster, and I can’t force them to update themselves into the 21st century.
So that’s my rant for the day. If you have any questions about that, feel free to call or email me at [email protected] and as always take care, don’t get arrested, and see you soon.