As you celebrate later today, raise a glass of green beer to those dedicated folks who keep the commonwealth’s courts running despite a shortage of jurisprudence and an excess of water.
In Augusta County general district court, it’s the lack of a full time judge that has staffers scrambling to keep the court’s 2,000 cases a week moving through the courtroom. As reported by WVIR-TV, a string of substitute judges is filling the gap.
Meanwhile, in Portsmouth, it was not hell but it sure was high water that slowed things down at court yesterday morning. The Virginian-Pilot reports the courthouse opened an hour late because the floor was soaked and court personnel had to wade from their cars to get to work. Apparently, its not the first time rising water has interfered with the administration of justice in Portsmouth.
By Peter Vieth